Our Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day on August 17 reminded us that many things that are normal sights for us on our farm can be breakthroughs for others It's also good reminder to us that there is a long list of things that, at one point in time, were a big deal to us and are now just a part of every day work on the farm.
Just to make myself perfectly clear, these are things we are grateful for and we do our best not to take them for granted. But, it never hurts to see things through someone else's lens. so, today we focus on irrigation that does not irritate. I believe this dispenser made its first appearance in the blog during our Oh Well Saga part III.
|the drip tape dispenser dispenses drip tape well|
the holes in the side of the garden cart are sufficiently wide to thread drip tape through. This allows a single person to lay drip tape if it is not too windy. Threading it through these holds keeps the end by the roll somewhat contained. We regularly keep two rolls on the drip tape layer since it stores just as well this way as any other. And, the cart provides a nice place for us to put a box of fittings, a scissors and other commonly used tools for irrigation with the drip tape.
I suppose if a person wanted to, they could adapt this for rolling up used drip tape, but in our experience the used drip tape has usually degraded too much to make reuse a feasible choice. Regardless, this is a simple solution that has made laying out drip tape so much easier.
Things we usually have in the cart:
- repair fittings
- shutoff valves to connect drip tape to the header line
- end caps
- old hoe
- duct tape
- tubing cutter
- valve installation tool
|It seems to work to run irrigation over paper mulch for us|
|Each plot on the farm has its own header line|
|What? Us make mistakes?|
|Plants are less irritated if they are irrigated.|