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How to install a new garden tap for your vegetable garden

The day before the turf for our lawn was laid, I used a trenching shovel to quickly dig a trench from our existing tap on the back wall of the house, to the edge of our raised vegetable patches.


I laid a length of 25mm blue line PE pipe ("poly-pipe") and back filled the trench. I fitted a right angle elbow fitting to either end, with a short length sticking in the air, clear of the soil, so the line wouldn't become blocked.

During summer, our gardening efforts were focused on establishing the new lawn, so we didn't plant any vegetables.  Then last weekend, about six months after we laid the lawn, I completed the garden tap after speaking to a plumber about my options for connecting the pipe to the water supply.

In the end I took the easy and cheaper DIY option. At Bunnings I bought the tap fittings for the garden end, and quickly screwed it together.  A star dropper and some cable ties provide temporary support until I put in place a more substantial post.


The other end was more problematic.  But with the help of a kind neighbour who had a box full of old tap fittings, we found we could screw a hose connection into a PE pipe tap fitting, as shown in this photo.  This enabled me to connect the mains water garden tap to the PE pipe.



Now we have running tap water at the veggie patch.

Eventually we'll have a few rainwater tanks that I will also plumb to the same location.  This will enable the use of rainwater for veggies instead of treated tap water.

As an aside, at the same time as laying the PE pipe last year, I also repaired a downpipe connection that I'd broken with the line trimmer. When digging out the broken pipe I uncovered a few unexpected pipes.  The black pipe is an abandoned irrigation pipe from the previous owner of our house.  The copper pipe is our water supply, which we didn't expect right here.


It always makes sense to dig slowly and carefully.

Elsewhere, I've installed PVC pipes and drawstrings for future cable and pipe connections.

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