Starting The Irrigation Project

To think that this past weekend we had a foot of snow is kind of beyond bizarre.  Today it was 70 degrees and it is currently about 85 degrees in the greenhouse!  Tomorrow the weather gurus say that it’s supposed to get to 80!

So after pushing paper for work, making client phone calls, hacking into the Wall Street matrix and doing all the money voodoo that I do, I hopped on the faithful John Deere steed and commenced attacking the water project for the greenhouse.  The tractor dug my trench for me using the “middle buster” plow I use to plant and harvest potatoes.  I’ll be out tomorrow with hacking, scraping and digging tools to level out the base for the water tank.  Once that beast is in place the rest will be pretty easy.  Drip irrigation is pretty neat and it is super easy to install.  If you can screw on a jar lid and know how to use a pair of scissors, you can install drippers.  Plumber’s tape, PVC, some glue and a wood base, and all will be right with the world….

So here we go.  Yet again into the unknown.  As they say in the sales world:  Fake it til ya make it!

>One correction to the video.  I mentioned that it would cost $1.50 a foot to trench to the greenhouse in order to install a ranch hydrant.  The actual cost is $15.00 a foot PLUS the cost to buy the plumbing and the hydrant AND the cost to install it.  This will work about as well and be significantly cheaper.  The trenching alone would cost around $2000.00.  I am not a plumber and don’t play one on TV so I’d have to have someone come out and tap into the well’s mainline and install the thing.  Not happening.  This system:  The tank, the pressure tank, the pump (which will be powered from the solar panels), and the dripper parts, were around $2500.00.  HALF the cost of doing it the other way.  DIY and save the dough (spoken like a true financial planner)!

 

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