Ideas for hillbilly drip system?
I have a peculiar situation - lots of ditch irrigation water and a need to distribute this to a raised bed garden with vertical cattle panels that hold up the vines - tomato, squash, beans, peas, etc.
So, 8 beds that are 34 feet long, 3 feet wide, each with two 16' long x 4 foot high, wired end-to-end, held up with t-posts. The beds have a 3-4 % slope, length-wise down the hill.
Right now, I use 3 taps, 3 hoses, each with a simple, low pressure 2-hole spray - I put the spray in the walkways between the raised beds, the spray hits the tops of the raised beds, and now, when the plants are getting large, hits the leaves and drips down.
Photo shows the raised beds, my perennial fabulous crop of wild purslane growing in the walkways, and two hoses spraying the irrigation water. You can see how most of the water is wasted, not hitting the root zone.
I can't use 1/4" line or emitters w/o setting up some elaborate filtering system, and I don't want to mess with that.
I am thinking of buying several hundred feet of 1/2 " drip line, and putting in simple T joints every foot or so, with maybe another foot of more 1/2", open at the end, off the 'T". So this would be lotza "T''s in a line. I'm thinking of running this down the top of the cattle panels so I can see whats working/dripping, and what isn't.
Any thoughts and ideas are most welcome, before I pop a couple hundred bucks for the equipment.