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[*] posted on 5-30-2009 at 10:26 AM


El gusto es mio... A sand media filter is a must to remove any human hair and other bio matter/ soap scum/ etc. before going into any irrigation products or to your trees. A bio friendly soap and detergent should also be considered... See Melaleuca.com for some possible products in the personal care and home care cleaning lines they offer.



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[*] posted on 6-15-2009 at 08:33 AM
RANCHO LA AGUJA - DRIPPING


After 6 years, our (drip) garden is thriving - only things that WON'T grow are herbs (go figure) and eggplant (?). Soil is sandy with little organic content, so we plant and turn in alfalfa patches.

Broccoli did poorly (big plants, small heads) until I followed some web advice and put 20 Mule Team borax in the soil. Turns out brocoli needs boron . .

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[*] posted on 6-15-2009 at 08:37 AM
LA AGUJA - GARDEN SHOT


. . .and the alfalfa . . has really made a difference in veggie quality.

Wish someone could show us how to grow lavender!

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[*] posted on 6-15-2009 at 01:43 PM


Be careful with Boron - it is essential for plants but mostly at very low levels (< 1 ppm) It can be highly toxic to young plants at even 1 ppm and is used as a general herbicide at higher concentrations. Once you overdose with boron it will take a lot of leaching to get it back to safe levels for new planting.

One thing that can help drip systems is to pack crushed volcanic rock underneath your planting area before seeding. It really does help to retain moisture and you may find that your watering frequency/quantity will decrease. It also will contribute a small amount of boron that meets the needs of most boron sensitive plants.




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 08:01 AM


Thanks BajaGringo - we move each garden (7 rows of veggies) every time we plant to keep the bugs confused - takes about three years to come back to the same place - but will be extra cautious about boron.

The Magdalena/La Paz llanos are ex-sea bed and not too much volcanic stuff around, but perhaps I could steal a sackful next time I am up between Constitucion and Loreto - they seem to have mountainsides full of surplus volcanic rock!
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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 08:06 AM


Rob, is it emitterline or drip tape you are using for row watering? Was it picked because of availability or cost?

Before emitterline (which will last for many years), I used Reed/ Hardie Bi-Wall 19 mil drip tape for gardens and ground cover. Worked well, but it is still thinner than poly hose emitterline and had to run in straight lines (not always the case in landscape use, but fine for crops).




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 09:51 AM


DK - a Q for you:

i have only one zone and hence one elec valve controlled by my clock timer control box. starting 2 days ago it is showing "short" instead of time and day on the dig read out.
the watering is NOT happening. it has never done this.
what would you do 1st to trouble shoot??

all the visible wires look good, and the valve appears ok. the run from the controller to the valve box in direct burial not in conduit. and crosses 30 ft of driveway too....dang!!

what say you?? get a multi meter and start checking continuity? man i hate yard problems...:(




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 10:42 AM


Mike,
does your timer have batteries? That was the problem with mine when it acted that way.
Here in Loreto watering systems don't last long, they get plugged up by the hard water in short order.

[Edited on 6-16-2009 by vandenberg]




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David, the drip system you did in my front yard is still going strong. All of my plants are growing and blooming! You need to stop by to see how it looks.

It might be time for me to clean out the filter but I don't remember how you told me to do that.

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DK - a Q for you:

i have only one zone and hence one elec valve controlled by my clock timer control box. starting 2 days ago it is showing "short" instead of time and day on the dig read out.
the watering is NOT happening. it has never done this.
what would you do 1st to trouble shoot??

all the visible wires look good, and the valve appears ok. the run from the controller to the valve box in direct burial not in conduit. and crosses 30 ft of driveway too....dang!!

what say you?? get a multi meter and start checking continuity? man i hate yard problems...:(


Capt.Mike sent me this question in a u2u, which I read and answered first, before reading the forums...

Just for any others who are wondering what to do:

A 'short' readout or blown fuse can be caused by a defective valve solenoid... very easy to replace (with the water main shut off)...

To make sure it is the solenoid and not a cut wire, disconnect one (or both) wires at the valve and reset the controller and do a manual run of that valve... if the controller doesn't go into the 'short' mode, odds are it is a defective solenoid.

If it still goes into 'short' mode with the solenod disconnected, then it is possible a shovel has cut into the cable... examin any place there has been any gardening or digging and fix the cut wires.

If there was no damage to the cable of wires, disconnect the wires from the controller and reset/ manual run one more time... If it still reads 'short', that controller has a problem.

Don't buy cheap stuff at the giant home improvement stores... Go to an irrigation supply and get a quality product that will keep your expensive plants and lawn alive!

Standard controller, I suggest a 'Rain Dial' or 'Total Control' (from Irritrol Systems)

Smart Controller (with a weather monitor option), I suggest the Smartline (from Weathermatic)

Battery powered controller (must be used with battery controller operated solenoid valves), I suggest the DIG 500 series... which is being phased out for the new 700 series, I hear.




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 02:05 PM


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David, the drip system you did in my front yard is still going strong. All of my plants are growing and blooming! You need to stop by to see how it looks.

It might be time for me to clean out the filter but I don't remember how you told me to do that.

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Good to hear Bob... You have a Netafim Techline CV system with filtered inlet, self cleaning, pressure compensating, check valve emitters every 12 inches that each flow 0.63 GPH at 5-50 PSI or about 1 gallon per minute per 100 feet.

100 feet of drip emitterline uses about the same flow per minute as just one 10' spray head... and all of the water goes into the soil where the plants roots are. A spray head put all the water into the air first, as a mist... where a third or more is lost to wind or run off as most soil cannot absorb water at such a fast rate.

The filter comes apart by unscrewing the body, like opening a jar... Inside is a tube shaped filter screen... remove it and take it to your garden hose to spray of any debris it has collected. Once a year inspection on city water should be enough... unless you are aware of any water main breaks that will contaminate the water.




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 02:08 PM


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Mike,
does your timer have batteries? That was the problem with mine when it acted that way.
Here in Loreto watering systems don't last long, they get plugged up by the hard water in short order.

[Edited on 6-16-2009 by vandenberg]


I wish Mike would say what brand controller... he mentioned "dig readout" (DIG is a battery controller brand)...

but then said this: "the run from the controller to the valve box in direct burial not in conduit. and crosses 30 ft of driveway too...."

Battery powered controllers are usually installed on or next to the valves they operate and not any long distance away.




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 03:12 PM


thx DK and Vandenberg for all input.
i use "dig" as shorthand for digital.
the brand i have...well i am at the office now but i think it is rainbird or something? 6 station controller with a batt backup in case of power outage but i think the batt is just to keep the clock and programming set - not to run the valve, it is a 9 v. transistor radio batt .
i will trouble shoot this weekend.




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 04:53 PM


Mike,
another thing to check is the solenoid. That's the gadget on top of the valve that opens the valve. They do go out occasionally. I have one out at this moment as a matter of fact. Easy to replace, just screw in and connect the wires.




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Mike,
another thing to check is the solenoid. That's the gadget on top of the valve that opens the valve. They do go out occasionally. I have one out at this moment as a matter of fact. Easy to replace, just screw in and connect the wires.


10-4, as I said about 3 hours earlier, above..:

"Capt.Mike sent me this question in a u2u, which I read and answered first, before reading the forums...

Just for any others who are wondering what to do:

A 'short' readout or blown fuse can be caused by a defective valve solenoid... very easy to replace (with the water main shut off)...

To make sure it is the solenoid and not a cut wire, disconnect one (or both) wires at the valve and reset the controller and do a manual run of that valve... if the controller doesn't go into the 'short' mode, odds are it is a defective solenoid."




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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 05:00 PM


Hi DK - we use 8" spaced T-Tape for the actual garden rows (you can see the T-Tape in the alfalfa shot above). We use T-Tape because the gardens move all the time to confuse the local life.

The valve lines (there are 23 of them, most for garden, others dedicated to mangos, avocados etc) are run out into the field using 1" PVC (you can see them in the right of the alfalfa picture) and into standpipes, from where we run 1/2" flex tubing and connect the T-Tape into the flex tubes.

The great thing about this setup is that I can irrigate new garden rows by just reprogramming the computer (Hunter, with 32 stations - we cheat by connecting as many as 4 valves to a station, more than that and the station becomes unreliable, sometimes opening the valves, sometimes not).

[Edited on 6-17-2009 by rob]
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"...(Hunter, with 32 stations - we cheat by connecting as many as 4 valves to a station, more than that and the station becomes unreliable, sometimes opening the valves, sometimes not)."


Yah, you think!? LOL:rolleyes:

Seriously, you can safely operate TWO valves per station.




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Quote:
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David, the drip system you did in my front yard is still going strong. All of my plants are growing and blooming! You need to stop by to see how it looks.

It might be time for me to clean out the filter but I don't remember how you told me to do that.

Bob H


Good to hear Bob... You have a Netafim Techline CV system with filtered inlet, self cleaning, pressure compensating, check valve emitters every 12 inches that each flow 0.63 GPH at 5-50 PSI or about 1 gallon per minute per 100 feet.

100 feet of drip emitterline uses about the same flow per minute as just one 10' spray head... and all of the water goes into the soil where the plants roots are. A spray head put all the water into the air first, as a mist... where a third or more is lost to wind or run off as most soil cannot absorb water at such a fast rate.

The filter comes apart by unscrewing the body, like opening a jar... Inside is a tube shaped filter screen... remove it and take it to your garden hose to spray of any debris it has collected. Once a year inspection on city water should be enough... unless you are aware of any water main breaks that will contaminate the water.


Thanks David, seems simple enough. Do I have to shut the water off to the house before uscrewing the filter body?
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[*] posted on 6-16-2009 at 09:04 PM


No, the filter is AFTER the sprinkler valve, so check it when that zone is NOT running!



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[*] posted on 8-29-2009 at 07:43 AM
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No, the filter is AFTER the sprinkler valve, so check it when that zone is NOT running!


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