In most parts of the country there is a real concern about freezing and frost damage to a drip system during winter. There are two areas of concern: the beginning of the system (timer, valves, and filter) and low spots in the system where water may settle.
- Battery timers, filters, and regulators should be brought indoors with the batteries removed from the timers.
- When the battery timer is removed from the faucet and system, use the HPLUG to plug the beginning of the mainline tubing or use a plastic bag over the opening. Do not leave the lines open.
- After the main water supply is shut off, open all manual valves and set automatic valves to manual open. Remove all end fittings, drain any water, and then loosely replace the ends.
- In flat areas elevate the mainline to make sure all water drains out of the fittings.
- For low spots in the mainline tubing, either use a flush valve or insert a basic emitter at the lowest point.
- Another practice is to blow compressed air through the lines after opening the end cap.
Cody is an employee and used the produce which we grow for employees to make this tasty salsa.
Here is one of his salsa recipes to spice up your harvest. The tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers are from the Dripworks demonstration garden.
For a chance of all year gardening Dripworks offers hoop houses and Solexx greenhouses. Check them out at Dripworks.com.