Drip Irrigation in the Desert

Drip Irrigation in the Desert
Drip Irrigation in the Desert – with Erich Shultz of Steadfast Farm. Follow them in IG: @steadfastfarm

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Drip Irrigation in the Desert

14 thoughts on “Drip Irrigation in the Desert”

  1. Drip is great for urban environments too, where you have to hide your activities from the authorities. Many cities in hot areas restrict watering days etc.

  2. What is the tubing you use to make tunnels? You briefly mentioned it in your new video….

  3. There isn't really any information in this video. The content is becoming too stylized and less helpful imo

  4. Hey Curtis, have you done a video at Steadfast or at your place on the nursery and starting seedlings ? how to water? fertilize? days to transplanting , covering seeding tables with row cover? etc..? It'd be great if you could share your insights..my seedlings are usually ..OK.. but not that great. I have a small market garden about a quarter acre….

  5. Love the videos and have been watching for a while. Just received your book via Amazon Prime and I look forward to reading it as soon as I'm done with the book I'm reading now from Josh Volk about compact farms. Moving from the NYC suburbs to an 11 acre property in north eastern Pennsylvania zoned for agriculture. Hoping to become a market gardener to help pay off the house faster.

  6. Hi Curtis,
    Would you shed some light on why you need to wash your produce before packing? Are they being marketed as "Washed n Ready to Eat"? Why not label them as "Please wash before use"?

  7. Your doing an awesome job man! I love your work and your videos. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for sharing! Have they seen a measurable difference using white vs black plastic for beds given their warm climate?

  9. Drip will work in sandy soil. Sprinklers are best for germination of shallow planted seeds such as lettuce. Even in heavy soils sprinklers are good for germination. They keep the soil from forming a crust so the seedling can push through. To me the best combination is buried drip with sprinklers for germination until stand establishment. At least that is my experience. My preference is buried mains and submains. No problems with production operations and harvest. We could keep irrigating during harvest and had no damage to the drip or mains with everything buried. We used pressure regulators with a valve for every 12 60" beds. They worked for fresh market tomatoes, cantaloupes, mixed melons and seedless melons. For lettuce I would run 2 or 3 drip lines depending on the variety and row spacing.

    What your doing in the desert is off the hook. Your my hero. 🙂

  10. Hey, I want to do my 1/2 acre of raised beds with subsurface NETAFIM about 12 inches down…just below max till. I've never seen it done and wonder why.

  11. If you do no till and want to be able to move your drip lines and re-use them a lot, also be a little rough with them, go 8+mils, anything less and you will wish you bought the thicker stuff. at 8 mils, you can actually yank on it quite a bit before it stretches.

    In sandy soil, use 4'' or 6'' between emitters and 2 or 3 lines per beds.

  12. I have similar setup but I have cam-lock on the water main where I can add a fertilizer injector (mazzei) I do not use it a lot anymore as my soil is becoming more and more fertile, I use the odd fish fertilizer if I can afford it, anyway, it would compliment his setup and your video well.

  13. Curtis, what size oval tubing is used in this video and what brand? How do you poke your holes for bed lines?

  14. I did drop irradiation for five summers. The opps plugs are garbage. Keep your excess t tap. Useful for fixing leakers and plugging up lines you don’t need

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