Saturday, May 5, 2018

Nursery Area May 2018

Cleared out some stuff for the AZRFG spring plant sale (in March) and got some new seeds popping up with the May heat. Looking pretty happy!

Ilama (Annona diversifolia) seedlings sprouting

Nursery area along north wall (gets more sun)

Nursery area next to firesticks (more protected)

Bigger stuff in the back center of the nursery

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Irrigation Project 2016

In 2016 I dug up my yard and installed a new drip irrigation system. My old system (before I got into fruit trees) was just two zones. And over the past few years as I started getting into fruit trees it became obvious that the original system was a) too small / undersized and b) inefficient. I was basically watering the entire yard based on the most water intensive trees requirements.

So I took advantage of my 6 zone controller and put in 6 zones. This was not an easy task because I already have a bunch of existing tree and I need to work / route around them. If I knew then what I know now I would have done this years ago when the yard was much more accessible.

But it all worked out. And labeling your lines as you go is definitely a worthwhile expenditure of effort!

All the photos below are of the line installations from ~Sep-Oct 2016:

Newly plumbed 6 zone manifold and valve system

Label your zones!!

Transition from front yard to back yard along side of house

In-line water filters! These go to my two subtropical zones. They are Chlorine and hard water filters

Backyard main trunk

Had to go around my Banana

Main trunk. Notice I added a manual shut off valve (left) to guarantee the banana does not get any winter watering

Terminal of main trunk off to the branches. It was a mess because I had the original plumbing that I wanted to work with (because some of it went where I wanted, but the rest of it didn't). So this was my tough joint :)

Deciduous and subtropical branches

Deciduous area. I have trees in the back you can't see (mulberries, apples, pluots, pomegranate). But I am adding some room up front for trees from the AZRFG bare root sale!

Lines ...

... lines ...

... and more lines

Manifold all covered up with a box

Valves all tucked in safe and snug