Last trip we tried to get the irrigation pipe installed so a type of drip irrigation could be used to make water use more efficient and increase the potential of the garden size. We will string poly hose and at each plant put a screw all the way through the hose–this makes a hole which can be closed by tightening the screw and opened by loosening it. A very low tech way of irrigating in an economical way. Our problem is that PVC fittings are difficult to get here and we were short some fittings which I brought this trip–of course they we not everything we needed so we had to do some African improvisation:
El Hadji Souley, Alhassane and Moussa trying to repair a broken pipe with a home made coupling, some inner tube and silicone caulk. Then they could install the first riser with hose bibs:
And Voila–nine risers installed and ready to string hose and plant. We can’t do this until the rains come and the wells have enough water in them (in June/July) This year Niger has had more rain than California.
Note the tea fire which did double duty molding couplings and heating tea.