French beans irrigation in Kenya through Grekkon Limited’s French beans drip irrigation kit is for crops with close-range spacing. These are; onion, garlic, and herbs. A farmer will choose to have either raised beds or just plain lying land to install a French beans drip irrigation kit. Your crop requires 50mm of water weekly for best production.
Drip irrigation on French beans is the most effective way to save on irrigation labor and water costs. It provides water directly to the root zone. Basin flood irrigation is labor-intensive and uses ten times as much water. Sprinkler or overhead irrigation is water-intensive too. It causes flower drop.
How to install a drip irrigation system for French beans irrigation in Kenya
- Bed making
Your beds will be 1M wide to allow for 3 rows of drip lines, and 30cm high for good drainage. Drainage is key to prevent root rot for French beans and bulb rot for onions and garlic, as a result of stagnant water.
- Drip irrigation system laying
3 rows of drip lines will be laid per bed. Each drip line row is 20cm apart and they will be laid 20cm from the edge of the bed. Where no beds are made, each row is 30cm apart. This spacing optimises French beans crop population per acre.
French Beans Irrigation in Kenya FAQs
1. How often do you water French beans in Kenya?
French beans in Kenya need 50mm of water weekly for good growth. Water the plant with 200mm of water and avoid light watering. Irrigate when the crop needs water.
2. When should I water my French beans?
When using sprinklers, water only in the morning. This allows the water on the leaves to dry during the day. Water on the leaves overnight causes fungal infections. Drip irrigation allows watering any time of the day. Do not water in the afternoon because too much water is lost through evaporation.