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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 41


Bob Schilpzand

pp: 239

The availability of water and conservation of water is and will be a very important topic for the 1990s.

McGill Nursery does not have an abundance of water available. We don't have any wells and our only water supply comes from a small spring-fed pond. If we start pumping out of that pond for big overhead sprinkler lines, it will not take long to empty. So, McGill Nursery was forced to conserve water years ago.

Our solution came in the form of a DRIP-TAPE system. DRIP-TAPE is manufactured by T-Tape Systems, San Diego, California The water is pumped from the pond to the "DRIPHUT". In the driphut are the filters and regulators. From there, the water flows into a network of plastic pipes. In the plastic pipes are hook-up tubes every 44 in. (44 in. is our row spacing). When we start planting, we hook the drip-tape to the hook-up tubes and we are ready to go.

After the initial investment of pump, filters and regulators, the system is relatively inexpensive. Our drip-tape comes in 7500 ft

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