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Want Some Time Back? Automate Garden Watering with Drip Irrigation

By on May 19, 2017 in Blog, Container Gardening, Spring Garden | 2 comments

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Consistent water – the key to your garden

Consistent watering is the key to a productive garden.

As gardeners, we know that consistent watering is the key to a productive garden.  Watering your garden can be a huge task, and eat up a lot of time. Some gardeners are lucky enough to live where it rains regularly and don’t have to worry about watering.

Let’s face it, most of us lead busy lives and don’t have time to hand water our backyard veggie patch with the garden hose.  Some days watering is just not a priority – and when your plants don’t get the water they need – they won’t  produce well for you.

 

I am always looking for ways that help me do more with less. If only I could have a few extra hours in my day to accomplish more.  Can you relate?

Enter drip irrigation – quick and simple to install, inexpensive, and gets the water to where it needs to go!   This translates into lots of tasty, healthy veggies for my family to eat.

Drip irrigation system installed in a raised bed in my friend, Mary Jo’s garden.

What is drip irrigation? 

Drip irrigation is a method of watering your garden through a network of hoses, tubes and emitters that are placed directly at the base of the plant and allow the water to drip out slowly.  It is easy to install, relatively inexpensive, and can be easily connected to a timer for automated watering of your entire garden.

 

Mary Jo’s garden a few months after the drip irrigation was installed.

Benefits of drip irrigation

Root zone

Overhead watering doesn’t allow your plants enough water where they need it the most – the roots.  With drip irrigation the water slowly seeps deep into the soil, feeding the root zone.  Healthy roots = healthy plants.

 

 

 

Drip irrigation saves time, water and money.

Saves water and money

Many gardeners choose to use drip irrigation over sprinklers to save water and minimize evaporation.   The water drips directly into the soil instead of sitting on the surface of the plants where it can quickly evaporate.  This means you are using less water (a cost savings on your water bill), while getting better results.

 

Drip irrigation can be installed in containers as well as in-ground gardens.

Versatility

Whether you need water for plants in containers, raised beds, an in-ground garden, a balcony,  a large or small garden, drip irrigation is up for the job!  A drip irrigation system can be used anywhere in your garden and is easy to add on to as your growing space expands and changes from year to year.

Reduces disease

Water that sits on the surface of your plants can encourage diseases, such as powdery mildew and blight, to spread quickly through your garden.  Because drip irrigation targets the roots of your plants, it reduces diseases and fungal growth.

 

 

 

Saves Time

My salad garden thriving with consistent watering from my container drip irrigation.

I’ve used drip irrigation in my garden for years.  It’s  a huge time saver.  I’d be lost without it.  As a general rule, if I can’t get water to an area via my drip irrigation system, I don’t plant in that location.  I know myself.  I have kids to get to school, loved ones I want to spend time with, a garden to maintain, videos to film, blog posts to write, dinner to make, the list goes on.  Hand watering is simply not something I have time to do.  Drip irrigation takes the guesswork out of it and gives me some time back – you can never go wrong with that!

 

 

Mary Jo and I installing a DIG raised bed drip irrigation kit for her garden.

Easy to Install

Many people are intimidated by the thought of installing a drip irrigation system.  No need to be – drip irrigation is quick and easy to install, and very inexpensive.  As a total newbie I started with a simple DIG drip irrigation raised bed kit years ago, and found it very easy get up and running in a short period of time.  Over the years, I’ve added to my system to accommodate my expanding garden.  Watch the  video below “How to Install Drip Irrigation in a Raised Bed” to see how I helped my friend, Mary Jo in install a drip irrigation system in her garden.  You’ll be surprised at how easy it is!

 

 

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Use a timer so you can “set it and forget it”. Your veggies will love it!

Set it and forget it
The next important step after installing a drip irrigation system is to automate it with a timer.  We gardeners need to be able to “set it and forget it”.  Although it is a simple task to go outside, turn on the faucet to run the drip irrigation for my garden, I know myself.  I will forget.  I won’t get to it.  Or worse, I will turn it on, and forget to turn it off.  My garden is so much more productive with consistent, regular watering.

A timer for your drip irrigation system is critical, provides consistent watering (a must), gives you time back AND gives you  peace of mind knowing your garden is getting the regular moisture it needs to grow lots of veggies!

I use a simple solar powered hose-end timer by DIG.  With the help of this timer, my garden is divided into different watering zones and I can set how much and when each zone is watered.  Watch the  video below “How to Install a Timer for Drip Irrigation” to see how easy it is to automate your watering!

 

 

Protect your garden investment with drip irrigation – it takes the guesswork out of watering!

 

Installing an automated drip irrigation system for your garden is well worth the investment.  You’ve worked hard to get your garden planted.  Consistent watering will protect your investment and reward you with lots of healthy, tasty veggies.  At the same time you’ll be saving water, spending more time with your loved ones, and maybe even taking that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming about without taking a break from watering your garden.

Comment below – are you using drip irrigation for your garden?  If so, what results are you seeing?

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jewell Juergensen

    May 22, 2017

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    Hey Kim! You inspired me to get DIG irrigation this year and I’m loving it! I’m still trying to get the hang of how long to set my timers for…could you share how often & duration you use for your beds as well as containers? I know every soil & climate is different. Thanks!!!!

  2. Morgan

    May 29, 2017

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    I have a question about where to purchase this kind of drip irrigation equipment. Which sources do you tend to use, and what does it take to install the system once one has purchased it?

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