Step 4: Run the Irrigation

Time to run the irrigation for the plants.

I hope this doens't confuse anyone but, these are the same pictures from the previous step but are also used in this step.

I tapped into my exsiting landscape irrigation system to water my plants. I bought a 50 ft roll of 1/4 tubing from Home Depot. I had to run about 15-20 ft of tubing from the front yard to get to my area in the backyard. I just buried the tubing in the rocks on the side of my house so you can't see it. I routed the tubing through the backyards drain hole and put a t-section splitter to run it to my tomatoe plant and the other side went to the peppers.

Each plant has its own respective branch or irrigation tubing running to it. This is where I added most of the T sections. Each branch also has an adjustable valvle drip head on it. This way I can adjust water flow accordingly for each plants needs.
I also used the diagonal cutters and the knife to cut the tubing hose.

Once I had all of the drip system tubing in place I tested and adjusted each drip valve.

Next I placed big river rocks over certain parts of the tubing incase the tubing was pulled on, this helps keep the tubing in place.

Now it's time for mulch.
I really like your garden!<br />
&nbsp;Yeah! (I second that motion)
why didn't you add some organic matter to your soil before planting?&nbsp;maybe you have high nutrient clays/silts in arizona?
The bell peppers are beautiful!!
To dig or not to dig? Is this the question? Is it better to grow fruits and berries, or the more lowly, yet more solid and sustaining root crops? Will the wife plant nothing but flowers (again), or lettuce leave the garden to the salad crops? Merry Christmas and Peas on Earth to everyone.
that fence should be purple... lol
This is great. Thank you. I think you might also be interested in the permaculture concept which improves the soil without tilling. for an extreme version of it (you can do it in your garden - i am planning my permaculture garden now to help reduce my carbon and save water) check out greening the desert on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohI6vnWZmk">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohI6vnWZmk</a><br/>Happy gardening. from a sunny sydney (with strict water restrictions). <br/>there is also one on this site. <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-organic-food-without-spending-%24/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-organic-food-without-spending-%24/</a> <br/>
Wow, that looks really great. Im thinking of building something like this around my house using shrubs or flowers, all I have right now is some redneck tin sheets around my home. Thanks you som much for the idea!
You are very welcome. I would love to see an instructable out of what you do. Take some before pictures also. Good luck with your project.
I really like this idea! Your garden looks so neat and tidy. Can you tell me how you saved your pepper plants from last summer? I would really like to try that with mine this year. Thanks so much!
Thanks for the complememt. I had build a planter box out of left over wood so I could more them around it I needed to. They just stayed alive because even though it does get cold here in Phoenix, AZ it was still warm enough they survived. My dogs however almost killed them by chewing on them. After that I built the garden and put them in ground and they came back bigger than they were the year before. I planted them in mulch so that may have helped. I got these peppers from www.gardenerschoice.com they are pretty hardy but I have yet to get any large peppers only medium sized ones so far. These are supposedly a specialized breed. Next time I am going to try some regular peppers from seeds and hopefully get larger peppers.

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