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Drip Irrigation Kit Recommendations

 
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I'm lokoing to set up drip irrigation in my garden this year. I have 12 rows that are 4' x 50', so I guess that makes it 2400 square feet total. I grow everything from tomatoes and peppers, to beets and turnips, to flowers and herbs.

Most of the kits I've seen on Amazon are small, usually just a 100 feet or s of tubing, and in the few cases where it mentions expansion it often only expands up to 1000 square feet or less.

Can someone recommend a good starter kit, or brand where I can piece together parts instead of a kit? I don't mind starting small this year, but I want whatever I buy to be expandable to 2400 square feet eventually.

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DH has been buying from Dripworks. Don't get the cheap compression fittings for the large tubing that feeds the small tubing, only the most expensive connections have worked. And don't cheap out on the pressure reducers. It's helpful to put a knife valve or two inline so you can adjust things. But you can get the main line tubing from the big box home improvement store locally and save some shipping. I like it because now that the main lines are down, I can change the drip fittings as I see fit without help. Me and a sharp pair of garden clippers. For vegetables I like the adjustable sprayers better than the gym rated dribblers, but it might be soil-type dependent on how well the water spreads.

ETA: we have about 30 4x8 raised beds and we run that on 4 separate main lines. Not sure how that translates to 50' rows, but I kind of doubt you'll get enough pressure in the system to run the whole thing at once. If you pressured it up enough to feed all the emitters, the larger connectors would likely blow out.
 
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I don't know about a kit.
but here in BC you can go to a plumbing supply store and order rolls of soaker hose. I think they are 100ft. And from there you can buy fittings and regular hose to make any size set up you want.
I plan on starting making our own system where each section of soaker hose has an on/off valve so I can just open a couple at a time so I don't ovetload my pump.
south of us is an area with a lot of orchards ect. So I am going to get a hold of some of the irrigation companies and see if I can get longer than 100 ft rolls.
 
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