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    Low-cost drip irrigation systems?

    I've been thinking about adding a drip irrigation or misting system to my setup for a while now. Does anyone have experience with these types of things? I'm not looking to spend more than $100, but it would be nice to have something to keep my Neps and other damp-not-soaked-type plants happy when I'm not there to mist them every day. Any ideas/references would be great.
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    I have used an outdoor drip system to water roses before. I imagine that you could use the same type hose, a water pump used for a pond, a new trash barrel (for rainwater) and a timer for a DIY setup.

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    i went to a garden centre a short while ago, and they had drip irrigation systems that feed off a water barrel for around 20. it didn't have a timer, but there is a tap to control the speed with which the water drips out. the main drawback is if the barrel runs out of water (especially if you keep goldfish in there).


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    That's the kind of thing I'm looking for, ad, except that ideally I want to build a setup from parts (as I'm a broke college student who needs to save money at every possible opportunity.) Eyeing those types of kits is what got me on this whole kick to begin with. I know I can find a reservoir and I'm pretty sure I can find a pump with enough lift capacity, but I don't know where to find good deals on spray heads and the like, nor can I find information about what kind of pressure is needed to drive them. What kind of pump do you use for the mister in your greenhouse? If I could manage, I'd like to use misting heads so that I could replace my humidifier.
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    You should be able to buy the tubes, emitters, T-connectors etc from Home Depot or the such. It should be easy to just take a bucket and attach a suitable nozzle/valve and use a simple gravity feed (i.e. put the bucket higher then the plants). Probably cost you $20-30.
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    using a pump you are not going to get a good spray!. I have a pretty good sized pump for a pond fountain. I think it is the 35 dollar one lowes sells. Of course there is bigger pumps. I bought the rain heads and it did not pump enough water to spray effectively. Just use the 1/4 in tubing with no end on it into each pot. I will take pictures fo my circ bog once I redo it. It does not drain fast enough the way I have it now it needs a layer of gravel on the bottom. But it is complete with the pump and reservour and if your not looking to do anything fancy. The pump and tubing is less than 50 bucks. I jsut spent more on other thigns building my circ bog. Also some parts I did nto need as well.
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    oh just one side note. you want one main line then tap off it with your 1/4 tubing. The t's are not going to give you sufficient water flow out each devide. If you have one main line then tap off it it works alot better. I went the T rought already. I will have some pictures soon of what I have going on.
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