alright! this is john kohler with growingyourgreens.com.today, we have another exciting episode for you. this is going to be an episode aboutirrigation. irrigation and watering your plants â€“ one of the most important things. muchlike us, we are 75 percent water, we need to stay hydrated for optimal health. our plantsalso need optimal hydration. itâ€™s not just the plants that need the hydration. more importantly,itâ€™s actually the soil microbes that are in that soil that are doing work to make someof the nutrition in the soil available for the plants. they also need to have a certainmoisture level. if itâ€™s too dry, theyâ€™re not going to be happy. if itâ€™s too moist,many of them may not be happy as well. up until this point, iâ€™ve recommended the standarddrip irrigation. this is one of the most efficient
ways to water your garden thatâ€™s availablein most places. most big-box stores and landscape places sell drip irrigation and encourageit because it definitely saves water. what iâ€™m using here is a standardized drip tubinghere with a 0.700 or 5/8th inch tubing with standard drip emitters which basically flowout water right to the base of each plant. so every plant has a drip emitter. my plantsget only as much water as they need. now, the challenge with this is because iâ€™m wateringon the surface, i will get some evaporation because iâ€™m watering on the surface, especiallyin arid climates like here in the desert. back in 2011 on my show, i was actually atthe heirloom expo, which i encourage everybody to come out to. the next one is coming uphere in september 2014 in santa rosa, california.
iâ€™ll put a link down below for the heirloomexpo. check it out. i will be there speaking again this year and encourage everybody whois interested in about real food and building more food security and sustainability andfood justice in the food system to show up for this event. itâ€™s definitely going tobe really fun. but i get to meet a lot of cool people doing a lot of cool stuff at thedifferent shows i go to such as the heirloom expo. and who i met there was the earthmistercompany and what they did was that they came out with an irrigation system that saves 20percent more water than drip irrigation. drip irrigation is commonly known as probably oneof the most efficient ways to water your garden. at that show, i made an episode, and iâ€™llpost the link to that episode down below,
and that episode was made and came out withquite a bit of controversy. you can see that in the comments even to this date. becausewith anything new, people are like, â€œhow could that work? thatâ€™s a bunch of crap.it doesnâ€™t work.â€ i always like to suspend judgment. when i was in college, i had a psychologyteacher that had a sign. it said, â€œjudgment,â€ in a cloud and it was hanging from the ceiling.it hung there all year long. thatâ€™s because he told us in one of the lessons one day,he says, â€œyou should suspend judgment.â€ i strive to suspend judgment, and i wouldencourage you guys to suspend judgment on different things, until you know whatâ€™strue or whatâ€™s not true. i was told that this thing could save 20 percent more water.it can allow for getting your plants fully
watered, and, more importantly, actually aeratethe root zone to give your plants aeration, but, more importantly, the beneficial microbeswhich i have learned are probably very important to have diversity and healthy microbiologyin your soil so that your plants can fully thrive. so i was not really sure about itat that point, but what happened was that i was convinced enough to get some of theproduct. i did install it in one of my beds, which iâ€™ll also put a link down below thevideo so that you can see where i installed it to see how it worked. unfortunately, mytest was inconclusive at the time because what was going on was that all of my raisedbeds had a drip irrigation system on one valve, which means that when the system came on,all of the beds got watered, and then when
i plumbed in the earthmister, basically ihad a pressure drop on my whole system, because now all of the water was going to all of theholes. number one, my earthmister may not have gotten enough pressure. number two, becausemy drip system drops out and drips at a slow rate, it needs to be on for a much longerperiod of time, where the earthmister you only need to run cycles of a minute or two,maybe even three at the most, and then youâ€™re done because itâ€™s spraying out water athigh pressure, saturates the soil, it capillates and basically goes everywhere. basically,my test was inconclusive. after that point, the earthmister company had some reorganizationand then basically they improved and redesigned the earthmister. thatâ€™s what youâ€™re lookingat here.
so how this works is basically the water flowsinto this piping and basically this top piping is basically a pressure chamber. so itâ€™sbasically going to store all of the water. the water is going to go in here and thenitâ€™s going to drop down into this lower chamber, which is then going to spray outof the little holes on the side. so what happens is this tubing goes under the ground. thistubing sits in the middle of a 4 feet raised bed, so basically it could spray out 2 feeton either side. it sprays out of these little small holes here that are precision holes.you probably canâ€™t see that on the camera there. theyâ€™re really quite small. theyâ€™respaced out every 12 inches. every 12 inches thereâ€™s a jet spray coming out. itâ€™s basicallygoing to cut through the soil, go 2 feet,
and then basically saturate the ground andthe water will capillate. itâ€™s kind of like if you spill a drink on the counter, it kindof just like spreads and then you put a paper towel on the counter, and then the water goesthrough all of the paper towel. well, the water also does that in the soil. thatâ€™show this system works. because youâ€™re now underneath the soil, letâ€™s say the soillevel is here â€“ this is like, i donâ€™t know, 4 to 6 inches underneath the soil levelâ€“ youâ€™re doing subsoil irrigation. youâ€™re not going to get the water evaporation. besidesgetting the water to where the plant needs it, once again at the root zone, youâ€™realso getting water and aeration before the system comes on to all of the microbes inthere. thatâ€™s why this system on paper sounds
like itâ€™s going to work real good. unfortunately,i didnâ€™t have a good install due to my set-up previously. iâ€™m happy to announce that thishalf of my garden is all drip irrigation, because thatâ€™s the best irrigation i knewand that i still know of right now and that actually works, although i have had some challengeswith it lately with some clogging and clogging up my filters due to some poor water quality.what weâ€™re going to do now is that iâ€™m expanding my garden from 20 circular raisedbeds to basically rectangular raised beds on the other side of yard. they have now re-introducedthe earthmister. itâ€™s now called aquajet. itâ€™s been greatly improved over the originalearthmister concept. iâ€™m going to go ahead and install the aquajet into the other sideof the yard so that iâ€™ll have a test to
see how my plants do under standard drip irrigationand how they do under the aquajet. to ensure that it is installed correctly the first time,actually iâ€™ve got the owner of the aquajet company, intelligent irrigation, llc, heredoing the install for me. now i know that itâ€™s going to be completely and correctlyinstalled properly and, hopefully, as i expect, iâ€™ll see results, and if i donâ€™t, iâ€™llknow it doesnâ€™t work and iâ€™ll be able to share that with you guys. in this episode,what weâ€™re going to do is weâ€™re going to go ahead and share with you guys how easyit is to install the aquajet system, what iâ€™m doing to do that, and, at the end ofthis episode, weâ€™ll actually sit down and talk with the owner of the aquajet companyand share with you more about this new revolutionary
irrigation technology that can save 20 percentover even the most efficient drip irrigation system. all right, so as you guys can see, world war3 did not happen in my back yard! what weâ€™ve got here is some construction. currently,weâ€™ve got the raised beds kind of like in place where theyâ€™re going to be. iâ€™m usingthese concrete blocks that will be in another episode actually for you guys. what weâ€™redoing today now is actually installing the irrigation system underneath the raised bedsthat are going to go in. if youâ€™re installing the irrigation underneath the raised beds,you need to do it before you fill the raised beds, because otherwise itâ€™s going to bea pain in the butt. so thatâ€™s what weâ€™re
doing, and iâ€™m going to explain to you whathas gone on up to this point, because weâ€™ve got a lot of pipes and all of this cool stuffbehind me. thereâ€™s a method to the madness. so if you want to install an aquajet system,like i am here in my back yard, youâ€™re going to want to follow what iâ€™m doing here fairlyclosely. iâ€™m going to go ahead and take you guys on a tour of what has gone on andhow you can install your own aquajet in your back yard if you want to. now weâ€™re going to share with you guys howthis irrigation install is going. the first thing i need to mention is that there wasa pre-existing sprinkler system in the yard and the goal was originally to use some ofthe original piping that was underground.
it was actually â¾ inch piping that was underthe ground. unfortunately, it was like a schedule 20 piping, so itâ€™s very thin-walled andit actually had cracks and leaks in it. depending on where you live and if you have a pre-existingsprinkler system, you may or may not want to use it. itâ€™s always safest to replaceit and put in new stuff to make sure that you donâ€™t have any leaks so that your newsystem going in will work right the first time. so what weâ€™ve done was basically trenchedup through my existing garden to get to the other side â€“ thereâ€™s a little sidewalkin between the two sides of my yard â€“ and we basically plumbed in one-inch pvc piping,schedule 40 (thatâ€™s the thick stuff) underneath the walkway over to this point. up to thispoint, this is just full pressure water thatâ€™s
constantly on all the time, so itâ€™s veryimportant to do pressure testing and turn the system on and make sure that there areno leaks. then what happens is that it basically goes through this one main pipe â€“ followme on this â€“ itâ€™s this one main pipe is the â€œhotâ€ pipe, and it has water flowingin it constantly, and then this one pipe actually jets over all the way over here to these threecontrol valves. now these three control valves, on one side of the control valve, these controlvalves, for those of you guys who donâ€™t know, theyâ€™re pretty much like a light switch,right? think of your light switch. ok, my lights are on, my lights are off. turn iton, turn it off. well, thatâ€™s what this does. the light switch controls power. thesevalves here control the water flow. so on
this side of the pipe where it goes in, thisis constant pressure water. the water pressure is always sitting on there. when you energizethis solenoid or this valve with a little water timer that we have not installed yetbut youâ€™ll see before the end of this video, it will actually turn this guy on, and itwill let the pressure run through the valve and then go to the other side. after it goesthrough the other side, it actually goes through this little filter here that filters the waterso our jets in the aquajet will not get clogged. plus we could also pack nutrients into thisfilter. so, for example, i could take azomite, my favorite rock dust, pack this filter fullof rock dust, it will flush the water into the filter, get the rock dust, and then transportthe rock dust into all of my raised beds so
that i could get rock dust to where my plantsneed it, and, more importantly, the microbes need it at the root zone. so i want to talk a little bit more aboutthese valves here. these valves are like your light switch. currently, i have a light switchat my house thatâ€™s kind of burnt out, but they rarely burn out. but, unfortunately,iâ€™ve had quite an experience with many different irrigation valves. some of them are definitelybetter than others. originally, when i specked these out, i specked out hunter irrigationvalves. this is a hunter pgv-101-asv, and iâ€™ve found that the hunter valves are the commercial quality, contractor-grade valvesthat have actual replaceable parts inside. iâ€™m not a big fan of disposable things likethe cheap orbit and other brands of irrigation
control valves that you might find at a big-boxstore that are kind of like, they leak and stuff and you have to throw it out and putin a new one, right? with these guys, you can actually disassemble them, replace thediaphragm, replace the different valves, replace all of the different bushings and what-notin there, and youâ€™ll be up and running again. so yeah, iâ€™m glad i got these in. many homedepots now are selling these hunter irrigation valves so theyâ€™re making them more availableinstead of having to go to an irrigation supply store. so, anyway, after the water comes outof the irrigation valve, it goes into these other pipes. so letâ€™s go ahead and sharewith you guys where these other pipes go after the valve turns on.
i have three different valves to control someof the different raised beds in the different areas separately. so in this front main area,i have one control valve thatâ€™s going to control three raised beds that are approximately4 feet by 16 feet long. i have one valve here thatâ€™s going to control two beds in theback that may need a little bit more water because theyâ€™re in a sunnier spot that are4 foot by 8 foot. then i have one valve here thatâ€™s going to control basically a 40 footlong bed thatâ€™s only one foot wide thatâ€™s going to be against the fence so i can growthings vertically up the fence line. weâ€™re going to go ahead and share with you guyswhere one of these guys go and how it works to get water to where we need it for the aquajet.
so as you guys saw, this is a hot line. thewater goes in here, comes out here, goes through the filter, and then comes back down thisline. and as we go down this line, which is, once again if youâ€™re looking at it, itâ€™sthe inside line. this is going to be turned on when the valve is turned on, and basicallytees off here and then goes to this little box, which all of this is going to be levelafter weâ€™re done with construction. in this box here, what weâ€™ve got is a control valve.so what this valve does, this valve allows me to turn off all of the water up to thispoint, which will then go into this raised bed here that is all tore up right here, soyou donâ€™t even see that yet. but these are the two uprights that are basically goingto go into the aquajet in this bed, which
youâ€™ll see in a little bit when we get itfinished. if we go down further back to the main line, this main line, besides elbowingoff into this one bed that you just saw, it going to go also straight, and, once again,weâ€™re going to hit yet another control valve here. this allows me to control the waterto the next bed, bed number 2, which then goes right here, and these are the uprightsthat we havenâ€™t set yet â€“ the aquajet system in place. so the reason for this valve,besides just turning the bed off completely, is that now we can use the valve as a flowcontrol way to basically have the valve all the way open to give full pressure. but maybefull pressure, depending on the water pressure coming out of the ground, is too much. sowe can actually dial this back. maybe i donâ€™t
want to give as much water to my bed, so icould dial this valve back to give only the amount of water that i need. so it gives meadded flexibility to turn it on or off, plus also the flexibility to adjust the spray tosee how much water saturation youâ€™re going to get. i have each of these valves separatelyin line to each bed. theyâ€™re going to be actually under the ground, covered up, beout of the way, but i will be able to access them anytime. kind of the vision back hereis iâ€™m going to have the raised beds out of the blocks, and, in between them, iâ€™mgoing to have basically a t ground on the ground, and then these will just be aroundso i can just pop them open and access the valves whenever i need to.
all right, so now you guys saw that it teedoff here. we went to this next bed. now this next t here goes down and keeps going downall the way down over to this next and last valve here that weâ€™ve got covered here witha bag so that we donâ€™t get dirt in it. thatâ€™s very important. this is going to go to thelast bed here, so that we have ultimate flexibility in controlling the water on and off. thisis basically how easy it is to install the aquajet. weâ€™re taking the pvc glue, cuttingthe pvc with a pvc pipe cutter. this stuff is real easy work. i do encourage and recommendyou guys plan it out before you start digging stuff up so that you exactly know what youâ€™redoing before you do it. itâ€™s just going to take a little bit of time, probably diggingthe trenches is probably the hardest part
of this whole job. what weâ€™re going to donext is probably come back at you once weâ€™ve got more of this system installed with theaquajet, setting it up and showing you guys how it all goes together. all right, so as you guys can see, weâ€™reinstalling the pvc tubing thatâ€™s going basically go into each bed. this one is a test bed thatâ€™sgoing to have a single aquajet in there. all of my other beds have two. i have full confidencethat two is going to work better than one. actually, iâ€™m also plumbing in now so wehave to dig this up later, upright pipes that iâ€™m going to cap off so that i can convertthis over into two if it should prove that two is better than one. iâ€™m working on allof this tubing, underground tubing. iâ€™m
installing a 1-inch tubing. itâ€™s the optimalsize to use for the aquajet to provide it the pressure it needs to basically jet upand inject the air and the water into your soil. besides just the standard 1-inch pipingthat iâ€™m using, i want to encourage you guys to get the schedule 40 piping. for thoseof you guys who are plumbers and know all of this kind of stuff, you guys know whatit is. but for those of you guys who are nubes, you might not know. in different pipes, thereare different wall thicknesses, right? the schedule 40 happens to be a really thick wall,and so itâ€™s more durable than the schedule 20, which is a thinner wall. so hereâ€™s whatwe pulled out of the ground actually. this is â¾-inch piping, and this is only schedule20, so it actually had some cracks and was
breaking actually underneath the ground. itâ€™sa little bit more to spend for the thicker stuff. you guys can see the difference inthe thickness. but i definitely recommend it, and i encourage it. iâ€™m going to getback to working on this. i think the next thing weâ€™re going to do is weâ€™re goingto install these little boxes over the valves that are in the ground so itâ€™ll be niceand level with my finished walkways and hide the valves, but provide me easy access tothem. all right, so you guys saw me put in thisirrigation under the ground, and basically weâ€™re just running the standard 1-inch pvctubing. itâ€™s really super simple, super easy. if youâ€™ve never done it before, youjust do it. itâ€™s really simple. all you
do is you just take the pvc glue, you coatboth sides, put it in there, and make sure youâ€™ve got good glue coverage. itâ€™s goingto work, man! so the glue actually kind of melds the pvc in there to make a tight sealso that you wonâ€™t get any leaks. this is like â€“ itâ€™s almost goof-proof as longas you put enough glue in there. iâ€™d rather put a little bit too much glue and look unprofessionalthan not have enough and have some leaks because thatâ€™s really a pain in the arse. plus,if you do make any mistakes with your irrigation and you see leaks, just cut out the section,put in couplers, and fix it right up. nothing ventured, nothing gained. iâ€™m sure you guyscould hire people to do this stuff, but this stuff is really simple, even if youâ€™ve neverdone it before. thereâ€™s no fear.
so what weâ€™re going to do next now is actuallyinstall this aquajet into the garden. this is the irrigation system. in this bed, whatweâ€™re doing is weâ€™re going to actually have a racetrack style design. weâ€™re goingto have one aquajet go down. itâ€™s going to make a whole entire loop so that way thesystem will pressurize evenly and then weâ€™ll have full coverage because thereâ€™s basicallygoing to be about 12 inches to the wall on either side, and in the inside an approximate24 inches will get sprays from both sides. so this is going to be really cool. you probablydonâ€™t need to do a full racetrack. you just do a single line down the middle. iâ€™m experimentingwith both. iâ€™m doing the racetrack design on most of my beds, except one bed has a singledesign, just to see the differences using
the same soil and the same everything exceptfor just the design. i think the racetrack design is probably going to be better becauseitâ€™s going to get water there more effectively, and, also, more importantly for me, itâ€™sgoing to provide more aeration to the soil. so letâ€™s get started into installing this.what we did, we basically just stubbed up and have pipes come out of the ground, i donâ€™tknow, probably a little bit taller than we needed to just because we didnâ€™t know howmuch we would have to cut them. i have a tee on the top here to prevent stuff from goingdown in that pipe, and then, on the top here, we have a cap here. so weâ€™re just goingto go ahead and remove these guys. itâ€™s very important for proper placement of theaquajet, right? it needs to be 4 inches down
from this little hole here where the watercomes out to the top of the bed. what weâ€™re going to do is weâ€™re going to go ahead andtake our tape measure, and while we could measure 4 inches down, which is where we wantthe hole, the challenge is that weâ€™ve got these couplers here. i did say that weâ€™reusing 1-inch pvc, so weâ€™re going to get a special adapter here. this is actually a1-inch pvc on the bottom, and itâ€™s an elbow, 1-inch pvc inlet, and then a 1 â¼-inch outleton the top. that will allow this adapter here that goes from the standard pvc into the aquajet.now youâ€™ll not find this adapter at any hardware store. you need to get this withaquajet when you order your system so you want to make sure that you get these whenyou buy your system. basically what is going
to happen is â€“ this side is going to gointo the â¼ here. donâ€™t fret if youâ€™re unable to find the 1-inch to the 1 â¼ — youcould just get a 1 â¼ to a 1 â¼ and then get a reducer bushing for your one side to getit down to one inch. basically, this piece goes in here thatâ€™s going to allow you toput in the aquajet. so let me show you how to put this aquajet in. so once you have thiscoupler here with the aquajet adapter, youâ€™re going to install that in there. now the problemis if you donâ€™t get the adapter lined up properly like straight up and down, you getit a little bit cockeyed. so it goes like this. so now your aquajet is spraying up andspraying down. we want it totally level. this can be a challenge. you have to have patienceand a steady eye. what youâ€™re really going
to need to do when youâ€™re gluing this adapterpiece in is you want to get this centered up properly. what weâ€™re going to do is weâ€™regoing to take these pieces, and weâ€™re going to side them up. you hope theyâ€™ll put littlenotches in the top one of these days so you can actually get it exactly aligned. but untilthat time, youâ€™re going to want to look at the bottom and make sure it goes rightto the bottom of this coupler here. sometimes on the couplers, like on this one, they actuallyhave a little logo or sometimes they have a little mark to let you know. just do thebest you can. you could probably go crazy over this, but it looks pretty close to me.so the only thing weâ€™re going to need to do now is just glue this in with some pvcglue. this extends down actually an inch,
so that means instead of cutting 4 inchesdown, weâ€™re actually going to put the aquajet in here, and, then, basically, if we needto have the holes 4 inches down, that means weâ€™re actually cutting the pipe at only3 inches down because of this pvc here. so weâ€™re going to take our pvc cutter â€“ niceand handy â€“ and weâ€™re going to cut our pvc. i mean this is just super simple. youget the right cutter. donâ€™t use a hacksaw. if youâ€™re doing a job like this, get aninexpensive pvc pipe cutting tool. while a hacksaw will work, the problem with hacksawsis that theyâ€™re just going to leave all of this particle dust that actually can clogup your aquajet and your drip system later, so itâ€™s just not worth it. invest the rightmoney in the right tool to do it right the
first time. this is a nice ratcheting actionpvc cutter. wow! itâ€™s one of the nicest ones iâ€™ve used. this is another qualitytool from harbor freight tools, one of my favorite low budget, non-professional placesfor tools. all right, so next weâ€™re going to go ahead and cut this other side here onceagain down to 3 inches that iâ€™ve already pre-measured. now that weâ€™ve got our piecescut, weâ€™re ready to glue up our adapters and set in the aquajet. so as you guys can see, getting the aquajetinstalled here, weâ€™ve got this upright conversion from the 1-inch to the 1 â¼-inch into theaquajet adapter into the aquajet running straight down. the holes are 4 inches down from thetop. now weâ€™re going to go ahead and show
you guys how to do the other side. this issuper simple, super easy if youâ€™ve made stuff when you were in kindergarten with glueand glued things together. and itâ€™s just like that. the most critical thing is justdoing this properly. weâ€™re going to get a little glue on here. you always want touse fresh glue, man. if your glueâ€™s been sitting around for like a couple of yearsin your house, like, no, get some new glue, man. you want to get no glue contamination,so donâ€™t get any like dirt, rocks, pebbles, or nothing in there. so weâ€™re going to goahead and put in the aquajet adapter. first, weâ€™re just going to go ahead and put someglue in there. itâ€™s got a little nice cotton swab applicator. and then on this one, remember,the glue is going on the outside. very simple
and very easy. and then weâ€™re going to takethis and weâ€™re just going to put it in there and make sure that we get it nice and upright.all right! we got it right in there. as you guys can see, we got a good orientation. wewant to make sure that this bottom is exact straight up and down. we donâ€™t want it tocurve to either side, because that will cause the aquajet to spray down and spray up. wewant it to come out even and cut across the beds evenly. so once weâ€™ve got this done,then the next step â€“ super simple â€“ weâ€™re just going to go ahead and glue that guy onthis upright here. once again, weâ€™re just going to circle some glue on there. circlesome glue on the inside here. it looks like weâ€™ve got some good nice coverage in there.when you put this guy on, i always like to
put the fitting in there and then give itlike a half-turn or something. donâ€™t just stub it in there. that way, itâ€™s kind oflike going to getting better glue context. so weâ€™re going to put it in at an angleand then push it all the way down and kind of turn it straight until weâ€™ve got it comingright out at the angle we need. let it go, and this stuffâ€™s pretty fast drying, andweâ€™ll let it dry and weâ€™ll be ready to go on to the next step. so now that weâ€™ve got the adapters installed,what weâ€™re going to want to do next is install the actual aquajet system. this is the pointwhere you want to pay some attention. if you donâ€™t pay any attention to the rest of thiswhole video, pay attention to this point if
youâ€™re installing an aquajet. so followme here. the aquajet has basically holes every 12 inches â€“ actually, 12 inches on centerexactly. what weâ€™re going to do here is weâ€™re going to kind of lay out this whole10-foot run. you can get these guys in 10-foot runs or 4 or 6-foot runs. normally, youâ€™regoing to be working with the 4 and 6-foot runs; theyâ€™re easier to ship. you just usea few connectors in there. itâ€™s good because the connectors for the aquajet are actuallytransfer points to put water into the whole pressurized system that will basically feedit into the bottom system to spray it out at high pressures. so you actually do wantsome connectors. you want to try not to use full runs without too many connectors. butbecause these holes are every 12 inches, if
we put the aquajet and just put it into theconnector where the connector starts, then what this means is that our first hole isnow â€“ letâ€™s see how far it is from the bed â€“ the first hole is 12 inches from thebed. now this being a new system and all that iâ€™ve never used before, i just canâ€™t reallycomprehend how the water spraying 12 inches away is going to move 12 inches away fromit. i could see maybe in the center because, you know, in the centers. but i have a thingabout corners. i like to plant in the extreme corners, and iâ€™m concerned that the aquajetmight not get water to the corners, the extreme corners like i like to plant in. so insteadof just putting this where the stock position is, what you will want to do is actually figureout where the hole is â€“ maybe you could
mark this up with a little pen here and markit up on the other end where the hole is. what youâ€™re basically going to do is youâ€™rejust going to lay this out, dry fit it if youâ€™re using a connector in the middle,and kind of see where your holes fall. youâ€™re going to move this up and down so that youhave an even amount of space between one side and the other side, including using all ofyour fittings, right? so we have fittings here, so itâ€™s only going to go in this far.i have between the fitting and here 8 inches, and iâ€™m going to want to try to duplicatethat. if i have 10 inches, that means that iâ€™m going to have move this down 9 inches,so now we have 9 inches on either side, so now we only have a 9 inch run to the wall.optimally, i believe that it should be 6 inches
because if this is 12 inches in between them,that means thereâ€™s 6 inches at the midpoint. so i would like to see a whole 6 inches nextto the wall on both sides, and i would feel much more comfortable with this. do the bestyou can on the install. weâ€™ve cut this to the right size. so the next thing iâ€™m goingto do is actually install the aquajet in the little fitting here. so next weâ€™re going to basically glue inthe pvc aquajet into the fitting here. now this is very critical that you do this properly.i did install the previous generation of this known as the earthmister thatâ€™s now actuallydefunct. this is the upgraded version. this is the only version i could recommend. whengluing the earthmister, you really had to
swab the glue on because they had curvaturesin the pipe, and it just didnâ€™t work so well. i had to really swab it in, remember,i had a leak action because i didnâ€™t put enough glue. with the aquajet, itâ€™s so tightfitting that you donâ€™t want to put that much glue. what youâ€™re going to do is youâ€™regoing to turn the fitting over and youâ€™re only going to do the long half of the fitting,maybe like three-quarters of the way down or half of the way down. you just want toget glue on the bottom half. i wonâ€™t be able to show you on this, guys, because ofthe camera angle, but iâ€™ll show you guys on the next fitting i do. itâ€™ll be easier.but iâ€™m just going to go ahead and do that. iâ€™m just going to take a little bit of glueon this little fitting here and only put it
on the top and not on the bottom. the problemis that if you put too much glue on the bottom is that itâ€™s basically going to ball upand then it might clog your port here. this is especially important on your couplingsthere where you have the drop down. so now weâ€™ve got some glue on this. itâ€™s justa really light coating all the way around. just like that. make sure youâ€™ve got niceand even coverage. you definitely donâ€™t want too much glue on there. so once youâ€™vegot both of your pieces coated, and thatâ€™s something very important when working withpvc glue, normally you would coat both pieces. with this, youâ€™re not going to coat thebottom of the aquajet. then youâ€™re just basically going to take this and shove itright in. youâ€™re going to see a little bit
of the glue coming out of the side, and thatâ€™syour sign that youâ€™ve done a good job. if you donâ€™t see glue coming out, maybe a littlebit more. if you see too much glue coming out, not a good thing â€“ reduce it next time.gardening, like life, is a learning experience. you learn as you grow. so we got all of that set up. at this point,we got our two pipes here. weâ€™ve got a connector on this one. now i want to show you guys isactually how to glue it and give you the visual on that. another thing i like to do is actuallysupport my aquajet as iâ€™m working it in, whether iâ€™m using some upside 1 gallon potsor whatever. i like to support it so it doesnâ€™t put too much flex on it. so what weâ€™re goingto do is weâ€™re going to go ahead and take
the pvc glue and weâ€™re just going to puta nice light coating on the outside. also, you want to start with clean pvc so i liketo either wipe it down or blow it off a little bit. once again, the outside of the aquajetis going to get a nice thin coating. it looks like i got a nice complete thin coating. andnow the coupler â€“ this is the most important part, right? youâ€™re going to turn the couplerupside down and only get the bottom maximum half of it coated with glue here. not superthick, but not super thin either. youâ€™re just going to kind of learn how to do it properly.it looks like that is pretty much it. you want to make sure that you donâ€™t put anyglue on the top peak, which is actually going to be the bottom. once youâ€™ve got that onthere, youâ€™re just going to go ahead and
push that on. itâ€™s actually a nice tightfit. i like tight fits when iâ€™m gluing irrigation and also when iâ€™m in the bedroom. so, asyou guys can see, weâ€™ve got some nice glue marks there. that means that weâ€™ve got anice secure tight, glued-on fit. iâ€™m going to go ahead and finish the rest of this stuffup and iâ€™ll be back at you in a minute when iâ€™ve got the final connection. weâ€™ve got almost all of the work on thepvc done. as you guys can see, this is actually extending up over the bed. we actually havenâ€™tmade the final cut on this side, although we have on this side. what weâ€™re going todo next is actually very important when installing the aquajet system or any other irrigation,especially when working around dirt and you
may get some dirt in lines. especially withdrip emitters or the aquajet, you do not want to get dirt in the lines. it will clog upthe system. so before you close up the system, what you want to do is called a flush. whatwe have here is basically we just have the fittings just pressed on here so we can actuallypull them off. what weâ€™re going to do is weâ€™re just going to go ahead and cut thisand put our pvc on after we flush the system once we know that thereâ€™s no dirt or anythingelse in there. we just basically pushed these guys to fit and just made it at a directionto get the water to where we want it, just to get it out of the way. this side weâ€™reactually just flushing out of the bed. this side i donâ€™t want it go straight into someboxes and some other stuff iâ€™m storing here,
so we just basically got it looped back togo back into the bed. and now weâ€™re going to turn the water on and let it flush out.whoa! better watch out! itâ€™s gonna get me! as you guys can see, the aquajetâ€™s comingon. inaugurally, some of the waterâ€™s seeping out, but weâ€™ve got a nice flow here anda flow over there, and we have a nice river coming out. you only need to do this dependingon the length of your run. this is actually the longest run from the house. weâ€™re goingto leave it on for just a few minutes to make sure that we got it all cleaned out. thenweâ€™re going to go ahead and buckle this up and weâ€™re gonna come back at you andturn this on. youâ€™re going to see the aquajet under full pressure.
so weâ€™re all flushed out. another way youguys can flush out instead of doing it all kind of like we did earlier. you could simplydo it like this. you could just put a joint in the middle or you could just run a wholepipe and just leave one side off and then flush and then make sure itâ€™s dry and thengo ahead and then glue the last pipe here. what weâ€™ve got to do is just glue this lastpipe, and, actually, this whole insulation of one, two, three, four, five, six raisedbeds is all finished. once again, pvc glue â€“ donâ€™t be scared of it. itâ€™s supersimple, super easy. roll it in there. roll it on this side. make sure we get an evencoating all the way around. shove this guy in there. all right! weâ€™re going to letthis guy dry. weâ€™re going to fire this system
up. all right, as you guys can see, weâ€™ve gotthe install finally complete of the aquajet and the other half of my back yard. this sideshould grow much better than the other side, which i have the circular raised beds. weâ€™vegot the rectangular raised beds, much more efficient use of the space, and, of course,weâ€™ve got the aquajet installed which is a much more efficient use of water insteadof using the drip irrigation. i feel that because itâ€™s going to be subsoil irrigationitâ€™s going to conserve water, and studies show that it conserves 20 percent more waterthan drip irrigation. but the other thing that is important for me is that it is alsogoing to aerate the roots, which means that
the plants are going to get more aeration,but also the beneficial microbes in the soil is going to get more aeration as well. youcould see all of the beds except for one that is right here, so itâ€™s a nice shot for youguys. you could see that iâ€™ve got one 4 foot by 8 foot bed here with the racetrackdesign. weâ€™ve got a single 4 foot by 8 foot bed here with a single tube right down themiddle. this is how it was originally set up to be installed, but then it was decidedthat with a racetrack design, you were going to get much better complete coverage. personally,thatâ€™s the big challenge i have with the aquajet system â€“ like, how is that jet withone jet going out, one pipe serving that whole thing, howâ€™s that going to get the wholebed wet? with the racetrack design, with the
little loop thing, i feel confident thatâ€™sgoing to work properly. then weâ€™ve got the single — iâ€™ve got two beds here that areidentical except for one has a dual, one has a single. iâ€™m going to attempt to plantsimilar crops in each and see if one plant flourishes or if one bed flourishes betterthan the other. iâ€™m also going to see if some of the points on some of the beds, likethis one, doesnâ€™t get watered up because it just has a single. needless to say, becausei donâ€™t have a whole lot of faith in the single set-up, iâ€™ve got two upright pipesthat i could just cut off and install the racetrack once iâ€™m done with this testing.so you can see that weâ€™ve got three more beds there. two of the beds are about 4 footby about 16 feet total, and the last bed we
had to cut off due to the shape of the yardand the house. and if you look all the way at the corner over there â€“ you guys cansee it â€“ weâ€™ve got four valves that are controlling all of the different irrigationin here. iâ€™ve also installed an irrigation control right next to those guys so we couldtime them. now the big thing to remember with the aquajet system is that you need shortcycles instead of long cycles. with a drip, you might have to run it.iâ€™m running my drip system right now 9 minutes. with this, just a few minutes is enough toget the ground saturated and get it to where you need to be. oh, and the other bit i didnâ€™tgo over for you guys is actually right down this wall here. this is a nice wall bed. iencourage you guys that if you guys have a
fence, and most of you guys have a fence lineat some point, you want to make the most use of your fence. this fence line is awesomebecause it allows me, it gives me a vertical surface to grow up on. so iâ€™m either goingto place trellises against this fence line and grow things up it or iâ€™m actually goingto put some kind of hooks and a wire mesh system on the wall so that i can grow vinesup it. the sweet potato vines would be something that probably would do really well here. iâ€™vealso toyed around with growing either sunchokes or corn thatâ€™s really tall and then growsome beans up and let the beans trellis up the living trellis. on this guy, weâ€™ve gota single run against the wall and weâ€™ve got a specially designed aquajet with holeson only one side so that it sprays out, and
then, as we go to the back corner, it teesoff and then iâ€™m going to have a run against the back wall to grow more. all of these aquajetsare in place and theyâ€™ve been leveled out to about 4 inches from the top of the bedto where the holes are. the final thing weâ€™re going to do with you guys now is that weâ€™regoing to turn the system on. you guys can see it pressurize and see where all of thewater comes out. this is also good at this point to â€“ i didnâ€™t bury them all so youguys could see it. itâ€™s also good at this point to check for leaks. all right, so now weâ€™re going fire the systemup for the first time to see how these aquajets perform. now, keep in mind this is a highpressure system, and when the system comes
on, thereâ€™s air in the lines right now soitâ€™s going to first flush out the air. youâ€™re going to hear go â€œphhhh, phhhh, phhhhâ€like, â€œpph, pph, pph, pph.â€ i canâ€™t make the noise right. but basically itâ€™spushing the air out, and this will push the air into the soil, which is a unique aspectof the aquajet that i donâ€™t really know about any other subsoil irrigation that reallypushes this much air into the soil. then what happens is that in this pipe here, there aretwo separate pipes in here. this first pipe, it basically charges up, and all of the waterfills this first pipe. it then goes to the little transfer area and transfers it downinto the second pressurized pipe, and thatâ€™s when all of the water comes out. so letâ€™sgo ahead and turn this guy on and show you
guys whatâ€™s going to happen. all right.so we just turned the main valve on and listen very carefully. it shot out some air. nowthe system is on. itâ€™s currently pressurizing the system, and, pretty soon, weâ€™re goingto be at full strength. as you guys can see â€“ look at this closely â€“ itâ€™s cuttingthrough the soil and that is what itâ€™s going to do once we have all the soil piled on.right here, you can see it right here really good. itâ€™s literally cutting through thesoil, slowly but surely, as the pressure builds up and making little cracks all the way through.this guy should pop through any time right through here. all right, this guy made itthrough. this guy is popping through right here. look, look, look, look! itâ€™s cuttingthrough the soil and making little holes.
some people might be thinking, â€œjohn, isnâ€™tthat going to mess up your earthworms?â€ this water pressure is spraying hard, butitâ€™s not hard enough to blast any roots to kingdom come or blasting earthworms. theearthworms would probably get a nice massage out of it if theyâ€™re under there when itcomes on. so the next thing i want to show you guysis the special configuration of this bed here because the house slants off and itâ€™s aweird-shaped house. i needed to have a little walkway here, and i could have. if i had abrick saw, i could have made a diagonal line which might have been a little bit better.but instead of that, i didnâ€™t want to do that so i just basically made a little stairstep design using whole blocks. so i want
you guys to know that no matter what kindof design your raised bed is, whether itâ€™s triangular, stair step like i have here, yougot a weird shape, trapezoid, whatever. if you design it right, the aquajet can meetyour needs. so what we did here is was weâ€™ve got a specially designed, specially cut fromthe aquajet company. what theyâ€™ve done here, this pipe here actually has holes on one sideup to this point, and, then starting at this point, it only sprays in one direction. soin this way, this part will get wet and so will this part in here. so iâ€™m happy thatweâ€™re able to get this to work despite this set-up here. now iâ€™m going ahead and turnit on and show you guys how it fires up. all right, there you go. fired up and manit is spraying quite hard! like a rain shower!
iâ€™ve got to get soil in this bed next. all right, so now weâ€™re going to show youguys this single bed here with it turned on. weâ€™ve got it partially buried so you guyscan really see how the water cuts through the soil here. weâ€™ve got it turned on. thebed next door is coming on, and that actually has no soil blockage. as you guys can see,itâ€™s literally slowly but surely cutting through the soil, and, man, iâ€™m just gettingsprayed because weâ€™ve got to bury this stuff. the water is coming out with an extreme force,so i can actually definitely see why this system is going to work. you guys can seethat itâ€™s cutting through there, itâ€™s cutting through it there, itâ€™s cutting throughit there, working on cutting through here.
itâ€™s already cut through this far, and itâ€™sinching slowly and slowly, further and further. check this one out man. i donâ€™t know ifyou guys can see that on the camera right here. this jet has cut all the way throughall the way to the wall. i mean this is like an approximate 2 foot run right here. totallyamazing! i canâ€™t wait to . . . . wow, check this out! this one is totally, totally cutthrough. let me go ahead and give you guys a close-up of that. all right, so hereâ€™s the aquajet as itâ€™scutting through. you see itâ€™s making a little valley, like a river, you know, like a riverruns through it. it goes all the way to the end and then itâ€™s just kind of hitting mywall. this is going to be good. in the summertime,
itâ€™s going to get the wall and keep thewall cool because the wall is going to want to get hot in the hot weather. look at this!here it is! this one is actually starting to cut through. check it out! you could seeit starting to cut through. itâ€™s really the force of that water. what makes the grandcanyon, right? the force of water. what makes the aquajet? the force of the water. and hereit is. this oneâ€™s got a little land bridge underneath there because the waterâ€™s flowingright underneath right through. this is amazing! check it out! this one here hasnâ€™t reallycut through yet, but the water is working its way, spraying real hard. check it out! we finally got the aquajet installed.actually, itâ€™s right here. weâ€™ve got this
bed filled up, all of the soil on top of it,good organic compost. you would never know actually that this irrigation system is on.actually, i can see some of the water here and here, but, other than that, you wouldnever know that itâ€™s on because itâ€™s watering underneath the soil. this is a trial installfor me. hopefully, itâ€™s going to do well. hopefully, everything is going to get watered.one of the things i really like about this system is that itâ€™s sightless. that meansyou donâ€™t have to see it, right? thereâ€™s no wires or hoses or irrigation pipes on topof the soil to get in your way when youâ€™re planting. you could have free reign to plantwherever you want and have the confidence to know that itâ€™s all going to get wateredunderneath the soil for you. this is what
iâ€™m really looking forward to because ihate that when iâ€™m planting plants and the fricking drip tubing is in the way. with this,iâ€™m never going to have worry about that again. i guess the next thing iâ€™m goingto do is actually weâ€™ve got the owner of intelligent irrigation who makes the aquajet,and weâ€™re going to go ahead and interview him real quick and ask him some importantquestions that youâ€™re going to want to know about the aquajet thatâ€™s now available.