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well, spring is upon us, and the grass is turning green. so this is time for me to get my butt in gear and put things in place.

i had bought a plastic storage tool container, and ran electric to that. after a season, i've decided it's not a good place to keep tools due to humidity. so i'm converting it to my irrigation valve box. i'm going to run 8 timer valves out of here. the white pipe sticking up is coming from my well pump.

 

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the next step is running water from the valves to drip lines. i've had issues running the drip tubing underground, so i've decided to run 1/2 inch pvc underground, and adapt it to black drip tubing above the ground. this will become clearer. i'm running this ditch all the way to the treeline (it's easy digging for my little tiller). the guy in the pic is my neighbor, who helps me with all my projects. between us, we can do anything
. you can also see my above ground garden (not filled with soil yet).

in this trench i'm running 6 of my eight pvc lines to their drip zones.

 

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going out to the above ground planter boxes. running two lines out there so i can have 2 options for watering. i am building a 2nd planter system and then a greenhouse/shadehouse over the whole thing. it's hard to make sense of this pic because i've got landscape timbers layed across the planters for painting.

 

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now we're putting the weed cover (this is the heavy duty commercial nursery mat) down on the grapes. i had a disasterous winter this year, many of my vines died down to the ground. when i'm done, i'll be able to mow and weedeat around the borders. in prior years my grapes were overrun with weeds. still lots of work ahead before i get things
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now it's taking shape. next week, i'll have the irrigation in.
. the most important thing i've learned about all this is you cannot create a maintenance nightmare for yourself. everything has to be easy and automated. then you can sit back with minimal effort and pick fruit.

 

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got the border timbers around the blueberries and 2 rows of grapes. this is *back breaking* work. i'm going to be painting them one more time. i've been buying oops paint and using that, so they are all different colors. i'm going to buy 15 gallons, mix it all together and paint everything one last time. you'll get brown paint if you do that
. i've got one more row of grapes to do.

 

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one of my many fruit trees. muberries are very underrated. they are hardy and require little care. one of the great things about these trees (besides prolific production) is that they fruit so early in the year. this tree is going on it's 3rd year. it was about a foot tall when i bought it.

 

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first, i've been fortunate that we've had some decent rain. this project (like all of them) has really been dragging on, and i've got a lot left to do. you can look down the rows of grapes (now starting to come alive), and see how i ran the drip pipe down all the rows. for these sections, all i have to do now is put the drippers in and hook the valve to the timers. next week, for sure
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how on to the fruit trees (mostly figs). i've got the supports in. next week i'll run the black irrigation pipe through the suppots. i'm hoping we get another rain before the weekend. it's gettting dry, and i'm wishing i had the oomph to finish now. but it's hot out here and i'll melt if i'm not careful
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