February 18, 2019 · Irrigation · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

For those who only have to water their front lawn or vegetable garden, a simple length of hose and a sprinkler is all that is necessary. Imagine if you had thousands of acres of valuable crops that had to be watered, how would you do it?

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The most-used methods are center pivot and linear movement irrigation machines. One machine travels around a central point and the other travels the length of the field. In both cases, they require many lengths of large-diameter, light-weight, aluminum tubing that can span hundreds of feet. The sections of tube are connected with Camlock couplings.

Both types of irrigation machines start with a water source which is found by drilling in the field. Once the well has been lined and capped, the irrigator is built around it. If it is a center pivot machine, a large diameter fluid swivel is connected to the well head which, in turn, is connected to the first section of pipe. As the pipe obviously cannot cantilever over a huge distance, double-wheeled drive bogies are installed at intervals along the full length of the finished system. At each bogie, and often times between bogies, there is another section of pipe installed; the new pipe is coupled using Camlock couplings.

The power to drive the bogies is also distributed down the length of the system. A power source is brought to the pivot and is connected to a slip ring which maintains a constant electrical supply while rotating. Fixed wiring is then run down the pipe and connected at each bogie.

A straight line or lateral irrigation system uses very similar equipment, but with a slightly different approach. The well is drilled at one end of the field or water is piped in to a fixed point at the end of the field. The water supply is connected to a rather powerful driving device which crawls along the field. As the driver gets farther away from the water source, additional lengths of hose are coupled together, once again using Camlock couplings.

Once the field has been harvested, the entire irrigation system can be quickly dismantled and re-assembled in another field, thanks to the ingenious, quick-coupling system from Camlock.

July 16, 2018 · Irrigation · (No comments)

Discover How to Stop Your Dog From Digging Up Your Garden


Morgan Montgomery

Discover How to Stop Your Dog From Digging Up Your Garden

First of all, you’re probably wondering why your dog is so fascinated by digging up your garden in the first place?

To a dog, a garden is a playground filled with all sorts of smells along with little critters that live in your garden. It’s pretty similar to a child’s reaction to a playground-so much things to discover and explore.

So the question is, how do you stop dog digging in your garden?

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Here is a great little trick to deter your pet from playing in the garden. If you have a hose, attach a sprinkler to the end of the hose and set it next to your garden or where ever your dog likes to dig. Whenever your canine friend goes near your garden, turn on the sprinkler. Most likely your pet won’t like to get wet and will associate going near your garden with getting wet. Most importantly, don’t let your furry friend see you turn on the hose.

Another good way to stop your dog from digging your garden is a toy water gun or by a special nozzle for your hose so it can spray your pet from afar. When you do this, do not let your dog know that you are behind him getting wet, in fact try to get him wet very discreetly.

Other Causes to Dog Digging

Other causes for dog digging is that your dog may be bored. If he spends a lot of time in the yard by himself, he may not have enough mental stimulation so your pet digs out of boredom. This happens to a lot of dogs. Many pet owners over look how much a back yard needs to be equipped for a dog’s enjoyment and stimulation. What a dog needs most is food, water,shelter from the natural elements, mental and physical stimulation. If you have all these bases covered, your dog is less likely to resort to destructive behavior.

Make sure your pet has plenty of exercises. A lot more than just sending your dog in the backyard. Take your dog out for walks, throw a ball around with him, play fetch and so on. Another GREAT little toy that continually stimulates your dog is a kong. A kong is this toy that is filled with little morsels of food that will stimulate your pet to find ways to get the treat out.This activity can keep your furry friend busy for several hours, even if you’re not at home.

Stimulate your dog’s mind by having a designated place for your dog to dig. Create a sandbox and bury toys and bones for your pet to dig up. This will keep your dog busy and he can get his need to dig met and keep from ruining your beautiful garden. Introduce your dog to the new sandbox by having pieces of the toys exposed and pretend you found the most valuable treasure in the world. Your pet will catch on that there is more treasures that need to be found. If you see that this still doesn’t deter your dog from digging up the garden, every time you see your four legged pet near your garden, redirect your dog’s attention back to the sandbox.

Remember, it’s always best to get to the root of the problem before you consider getting another dog to keep your dog company. Imagine….thinking you’ve solved your problem and BAM..you have two digging dogs.

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June 8, 2018 · Irrigation · (No comments)

An Introduction to Aeroponics


Ryan Henry

Most people are familiar with the idea of hydroponics – growing plants in water – but aeroponics is not so well-known. In fact, I just had to add the word to my spell checker. Simply put, aeroponics is growing plants in air.

Of course there’s more to it, as plants don’t do too well in plain air. The roots of plants grown aeroponically (is that a word?) are suspended in an enclosed space and water and nutrients are sprayed on the roots. The main stem and leaves stay out in the open above the container enclosing the roots, allowing them to get air and light.


In 1942 W. Carter first researched air culture growing and described a method of growing plants in water vapor, using the method to make studying plant roots easier, but it was F. W. Went who first coined the air-growing process as “aeroponics” in 1957.

The first commercial aeroponics setup was the Genesis Rooting System, commonly called the Genesis Machine, by GTi in 1983. The device was controlled by a microchip and simply connected to an electrical outlet and a water faucet.

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Aeroponics Today

Aeroponics is very popular for cloning plants from cuttings. Many plants thought to be difficult or impossible to clone are now much easier. It has even been used in spaced for plant experiments since the 1960s and NASA has been developing inflatable aeroponic greenhouses for use on Mars.

Benefits of Aeroponics

* Less Fertilizer – Since all the nutrients are contained, they don’t end up in groundwater or sinking too deep into the soil to be of any help.

* Less Water – Very important for space travel and those in arid climates. Much of the water lost in traditional gardening is from water evaporating out of the soil. The rest of it just sinks past the roots and the plants never get a chance to drink it.

* More Cost Effective – Since less nutrient solution is needed as compared to hydroponics the costs to operate an aeroponic garden are less than to operate a hydroponic garden. There are also fewer moving parts and complicated systems involved.

* Reduced Disease Damage – Because the plants are seperated from each other and not sharing the same soil, an infection in one plant has a much lower chance of spreading to the rest of your plants.

Aeroponics does have some downsides. The initial cost to get things up and running can be higher than that of a tradition garden or container garden. There are also more things that can break down or stop working, leaving your plants high and dry.

Aeroponics at Home

You’ve probably seen commercials for the AeroGarden from AeroGrow. It’s the easiest way to get started in aeroponics and comes in different sizes. You can buy seed kits for herbs, lettuces and more, or use your own seeds with the system. It’s a great way to have fresh herbs, lettuce and more all year long.

If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, how about the General Hydroponics RainForest 318 with 18 three inch growing pots. This would work great for growing leaf lettuce for a small family or for growing your own army of Venus flytraps.

If you’re more of a do-it-yourself type there are plenty of resources online with information and supplies to create your own aeroponic garden.

Is aeroponics for everyone? Probably not, but it is a fascinating way to grow plants and can be very educational for kids and adults. Give it a try today!

Ryan Henry grew up gardening with his parents and has been at it ever since. He runs a web site http://urbangardengrowing.com with tips and information for people interested in container gardening.

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February 27, 2018 · Irrigation · (No comments)

Freestanding or Lean To – Which is the best Greenhouse Option?


Vincent A Rogers

A greenhouse is a terrific idea for adults and children alike. They can grow their own vegetables as well as flowers and terrific plants that are not able to be grown in some climates. The choice of the type of greenhouse to buy is basically one of two. The freestanding greenhouse is one type and a lean to greenhouse can be chosen as well.

The freestanding greenhouse is usually placed in an areas where light is the best. This type is easier to move than the lean to type. This type is also available in a wide variety of configurations from square to rectangular to octagonal. They will generally need to be heated at night, especially if they are larger because of the surface area that is exposed.

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The lean to greenhouse does not have as much space as a freestanding type. They are usually placed against a house or another building and for this reason the electricity and water needed are easily accessible. The lean to greenhouse can be purchased with an expansion kit that will allow it to be added to for the extra space is desired.

If cost is a consideration the lean to greenhouse may be more practical since the need to run another power source is not necessary. In addition, the lean to type will not need a separate water source and this will save money on materials. There may be the need for adding a heating system as well, which is another expense. Since a lean to greenhouse is against another building, they are provided shade during the especially hot days of summer. The freestanding greenhouse is exposed to the elements at all times because it is in the open.

The freestanding greenhouse will also need to be anchored in the event of heavy winds. This will usually require long stakes that are used to keep it in place when winds become gusty. If the area is generally windy most of the time, additional stakes may be a good idea to help anchor the greenhouse. The lean to greenhouse should only need stakes on the side that is not against the building. This will help to keep it attached, but the building or home that it is built against will provide the most protection from wind.

When choosing either type of greenhouse, it is important that they have good drainage. A free standing greenhouse should not be near trees because this will increase the risk of damage from a falling limb or branches. Since the lean to greenhouse is located near the home, you are more likely to see the plants every time you leave your home. This has an added advantage of allowing you to see anything that needs attended to right away. Rather than making a special trip to the greenhouse, you will pass it each time you walk outside.

The advantages and disadvantages of both will help you decide which type of greenhouse that you will choose. If the major consideration is expense, a lean to greenhouse is the better value.

Vincent Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For quality Cedar


Vincent recommends Alton Greenhouses.

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