PVC Pipe for Agriculture Irrigation (Farm Irrigation)
When it comes to farming and agriculture, you often need to transport water for irrigation or hydroponic systems. Many options are available for piping material, but here are a few reasons to use PVC pipes and for agriculture. First, PVC pipe is durable. It can handle stress and sudden pressure much better than polyethylene or “poly” pipe, which is soft and flexible. Also, under the right conditions, it can last over 100 years without being replaced. Second, PVC pipe is inexpensive. It is a fraction of the price of any type of metal pipe. On a price-per-foot basis, PVC pipe is slightly more expensive than poly pipe, but makes up for it in durability and longevity.
Finally, PVC is available in multiple forms. This includes different thicknesses, or schedules, and different levels of rigidity. Schedule 40 PVC pipe is the standard thickness, and it is exceptionally strong. However, when you need that extra bit of toughness, schedule 80 PVC pipe is available and will get the job done. Apart from its standard, rigid form, PVC is available as flexible PVC pipe. Flexible PVC pipe has all the strength of schedule 40 PVC in a bendable form. It is perfect for getting around roots or trees in irrigation or other outdoor applications.
Another great aspect of PVC that has little to do with the material itself is the amazing amount of configurations it is capable of. Hundreds of different types and sizes of PVC fittings are available! This means you can customize your pipe system however you desire.
As mentioned before, the primary reason you would need PVC farming and agriculture equipment is the transportation and storage of water. PVC pipe works for both potable and non-potable uses and won’t degrade when exposed to chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides. It is also strong enough to withstand an accidental tap from a shovel. Worried about your PVC getting crushed underground if you bury it? There’s no need to, because PVC pipe has excellent external crush resistance.
Farming and Agriculture Projects with PVC Pipe
As explained above, PVC farming equipment can be helpful and inexpensive. The following are a few of the possible projects one can take on with the help of PVC pipe and fittings. Each entry includes a brief description and a link to take you to the original project.
This PVC farming project takes the brilliant space-and-resource-efficient techniques of hydroponics and uses PVC pipe to keep the cost of the equipment down. The pipe and fittings serve as a space for the plants to be housed close together and allow water to pass through, providing valuable nutrients to the produce. Other materials include a pump, to push the water through the system, and two sawhorses, to hold the PVC up.
Much like the last project, this vertical PVC pipe garden utilizes a small amount of space to produce a large amount of vegetation. Instead of a pump circulating water through, it is dripped through the top of the pipe and filters through the soil and compost inside the PVC.
This irrigation system works for small-to-medium-sized gardens and allows every plant within that area to get a steady supply of water. The drip system doles out a small amount of water constantly, ensuring your produce is perfectly watered. This DIY system is highly modular, allowing you to move or replace parts, depending on where you want the most water.
Materials for Farming and Agriculture Projects
The following is a list a of materials we have available that you may need for these PVC pipe farming and agricultural projects. This list is not exhaustive and may not include every single part you need for your specific project, but it can be used as a handy resource or starting point!