By the way if your wondering why this is so chock full of information, it's because this was also my senior project in school.

Modern drip irrigation has arguably become the world's most valued innovation in agriculture since the invention of the impact sprinkler in the 1930s, which offered the first practical alternative to surface irrigation. This is the drip irrigation system I recently finished, along with a paper, for my high school senior research project. I planted strawberries in a raised flower bed because the berries require a different soil composition than the soil in my area.

Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or micro irrigation, is an irrigation technique which saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the plants roots, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. This saves a lot of water. In Israel, a British Water Agency employee by the name of Simcha Blass found inspiration in a faucet after the leaking water from the dripping faucet allowed a nearby tree to grow seemingly without water. Puzzled as to why this was occurring, he dug below the apparently dry surface. Blass discovered that the leaking faucet was causing a small wet area on the surface, while an expanding bulb shaped area of underground water was reaching the roots of this particular tree. He applied his knowledge of micro-tubing to an improved drip method. The main aspect of the new invention was the release water through larger and longer passageways off of the main hose, rather than tiny holes. These “emitters” used friction to slow the water inside. The larger passageways of the emitters prevented the blocking of water flow by very small particles that would occur in a hose simply punctured with tiny holes. Patented in 1959 in partnership with Kibbutz Harzerim in Israel, the Blass emitter became the first efficient drip irrigation method.

This partnership spawned the company known as Netafim. Netafim was established in 1965 at Kibbutz Hatzerim. Netafim is the global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation and further developed drip irrigation to pretty much what you see above.
So now my strawberries are using less water and it is very darn cool!
<p>If you are interested in homesteading you should checkout <a href="http://homesteading-guide.com/" rel="nofollow">http://homesteading-guide.com/</a></p>
<p>I was hoping to see an instructable giving tips on how to set up a drip system. You mostly just pasted in existing text from Wikipedia, see <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drip_irrigation" rel="nofollow"> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drip_irrigation </a> for example &quot;Modern drip irrigation has arguably become the world's most valued innovation in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture" rel="nofollow">agriculture</a> since the invention of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_sprinkler" rel="nofollow">impact sprinkler</a> in the 1930s, which offered the first practical alternative to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surface_irrigation" rel="nofollow">surface irrigation</a>.&quot; I think you should show respect to the authors here by using quotation marks and cite the source, just like you should when writing a school paper.</p><p>Can you delete the text you copied, put in a link to Wikipedia, and write up what your own experiences were with your strawberries? I want to know what YOU can teach us!</p>
Thank you for sharing your info! I like your idea, it is both efficient and clever. I'm looking for ideas about <a href="http://www.regencyirrigation.com" rel="nofollow">irrigation in Calgary</a> for my garden. Thanks again for sharing the info.
I completely agree that this is a good way to go. I've been trying to decide what kind of <a href="http://www.regencyirrigation.com" rel="nofollow">irrigation in Calgary</a> to get. I might have to try this, thanks.

About This Instructable


47 favorites


Bio: I make things. Anything, on a super cheap budget. Things with personality are awesome and dangerous things are super fun. Things with personality that are ... More »
More by imrobot: Drip irrigation! save the world by saving water! Toasty-kun! Make a stuffed animal with a microwavable heart. The Electric lily or The Safety Pin: How to be safe and look good doing it
Add instructable to: