FINALLY, NO MORE HAND WATERING!
With the new setup, a water drip system was developed for the soil tent. Here are the components we used:
The white reservoir is a 10 gallon holding tank. Inside of the tank will be a submersible water pump for the water distribution and an oxygen pump with stones connected to aerate the water. This is in an effort to keep down algae and nutrients in the water from settling.
Connected to the white water reservoir is 3/4in tubing which has been directed up through a hole and then down to each of the tiers of the box. There is an on/off valve connected to each tier for both water flow control and also for any issues which may arise in the event of any blow outs or leakage problems.
For the actual water delivery, spaghetti tubing will be directed to each plant with a disk that outputs a specific amount of water per hour, or with those plants such as radish and carrot, there is a unidirectional broadcast head that will distribute water in the same method. Each shown in the picture was placed in the box to pressure test for leaks and double check the rate of delivery for each disk.
The green disk (the light makes it look black, but it is really green) provides water at a rate of 2/gal per hour.
The black disk provides water at a rate of 1/gal per hour.
The red disk provides water at a rate of .5/gal per hour.
Overall, I may use the red emitters more than the others, but each has it’s own benefits depending on the plant and its water requirements.