If you'd like to set up a drip irrigation system for your raised beds, but don't want to spend the time figuring out which connectors and parts you need, this 'plug and play' grid system could be just the ticket.
Using drip irrigation instead of a sprinkler or hand-watering makes a lot of sense for both raised beds and traditional in-ground gardens, as a drip system can not only conserve water and save time in the garden, but it can also be beneficial to your plants, by delivering the optimal amount of water right to the root zone and boosting growth rates and yields.
However, if you've never set up a drip irrigation system before, it can seem very complex. A trip down the irrigation supply aisle at the garden center or hardware store can be overwhelming, especially if you don't have a precise plan and don't really know what you need. But a new product, called the Garden Grid, has the potential to make setting up a drip irrigation system a breeze, especially if you'd like to follow the Square Foot Gardening method.
The Garden Grid, from Garden in Minutes, is a pre-configured drip irrigation system that is said to set up in just minutes, and is equally at home on garden beds in the ground as well as raised beds. The system was created as a result of a couple trying to set up drip lines in their Square Foot Garden and finding that not only did it look messy, but it wasn't nearly as effective as they thought it would be.
The Garden Grid was designed as a way to make drip irrigation much simpler and more convenient for home gardeners, as all that's necessary to install it is to lay it out and connect it to a garden hose, with no need for cutting tubing and adding connectors or inserting emitters (or the use of soaker hoses). In addition to providing an effective watering system, the drip system also serves as a planting grid for laying out garden beds.
The Garden Grids are available in different grid sizes, ranging from 2'x2' to 4'x6', and not only can they be expanded as your garden expands, but multiple grids can be connected together with the addition of a valve and connector hoses.