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Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?

 
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Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
Sprinklers cause fungus and blosom end rot. Some of the drip irrigation systems use too many small, expensive, and breakable parts, plus you can't weed after you put them down.

Does anyone have an opinion on the best soaker hoses - the round ones made from recycled tire rubber vs. the flat ones made from flexible plastic, or the T- shaped commercial irrigation tape?
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
We use homemade drips. $5 hose and a pocket knife / Ice punch.

Lay the hose out and poke the hold where the plants are (faceing down). This will save water and only water where needed, not coating / asking for fungus or burn on the leaves/vegitation.
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
We use homemade drips. $5 hose and a pocket knife / Ice punch.

Lay the hose out and poke the hold where the plants are (faceing down). This will save water and only water where needed, not coating / asking for fungus or burn on the leaves/vegitation.
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I like this idea. The easiest way that uses the least amount of specialized parts is probably the best. Do you use ordinary garden hose? Do you replant your garden every year in the same pattern so you reuse the hose placement?
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
the round soaker hoses work great, if you can, put a 55 gallon drum under your rain spout and capture that water, attach the hose to it with a on off valve

i reccomend heavy mulching (straw) to kill weeds and keep the water in,, good luck
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Water the roots, not the shoots. BER is normally caused by irregular watering or insufficient water during hot weather. Bad air circulation in greenhouses can also lead to problems. Some tomatoes (Moneymaker or Gardener's Delight) are more susceptible to BER. If you rely exclusively on automatic irrigation then it's best to water on demand using a soil wetness monitor. Overwatering can be just as bad as underwatering, especially for cucumbers.
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soaker hose under 4" hardwood mulch
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Yes, ordinary hose. I prefer the heavier duty, but the $2-$3 dollar ones work as well. I don't bury it, you can use wire in U shapes to hold it in place. Then you can simply roll it up at the end of the year.

No, we often rotate or refresh the soil. We had 3 tons of horti-mix brought in and have used compost for 9 years in our garden. "anywhere you dig, you will find worms in each shovel" which is a good thing. We also have raised beds for lettuce, onions. We soak those from the top and use organic mixes to prevent pest/fungus.


We use homemade drips. $5 hose and a pocket knife / Ice punch.

Lay the hose out and poke the hold where the plants are (faceing down). This will save water and only water where needed, not coating / asking for fungus or burn on the leaves/vegitation.


I like this idea. The easiest way that uses the least amount of specialized parts is probably the best. Do you use ordinary garden hose? Do you replant your garden every year in the same pattern so you reuse the hose placement?
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
Yes, ordinary hose. I prefer the heavier duty, but the $2-$3 dollar ones work as well. I don't bury it, you can use wire in U shapes to hold it in place. Then you can simply roll it up at the end of the year.

No, we often rotate or refresh the soil. We had 3 tons of horti-mix brought in and have used compost for 9 years in our garden. "anywhere you dig, you will find worms in each shovel" which is a good thing. We also have raised beds for lettuce, onions. We soak those from the top and use organic mixes to prevent pest/fungus.




We use homemade drips. $5 hose and a pocket knife / Ice punch.

Lay the hose out and poke the hold where the plants are (faceing down). This will save water and only water where needed, not coating / asking for fungus or burn on the leaves/vegitation.


I like this idea. The easiest way that uses the least amount of specialized parts is probably the best. Do you use ordinary garden hose? Do you replant your garden every year in the same pattern so you reuse the hose placement?

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That sounds great! Where do you buy such inexpensive hose?
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BTW, about every three years we order Lady Bugs and Praying Mantis's.

The lady bugs freak me out when I free them. They crawl all over my arm when I open the lid. Around 1,000 of them on the arm moving is freaky to say the least. : D
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'Hoses R Us'
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25-50 wire hangers - $3-5 bucks at wal mart. Snip an bend! : D
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
wal mart for the hoses too.
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
The best way to control insects is to let free-range chickens patrol your garden, then you also get free compost. But few neighborhoods would go for this unless the economy crashes.
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Try using a soil additive when planting.
They are expensive but easy to use.

I recommend Hydrogel or Gelscape

[link to www.grotek.net]


[link to www.amereq.com]



These products, although inorganic, do not effect the quality of your vegetables and are very beneficial
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
The best way to control insects is to let free-range chickens patrol your garden, then you also get free compost. But few neighborhoods would go for this unless the economy crashes.
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there is a book called the chicken tractor,, or something close to that, it is how we controlled bugs as well, and the eggs are really really good
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Re: Vegetable garden irrigation - what's the best technology?
I've tried the Dripline-style irrigation systems and can definitely that people avoid them for vegetable gardens. The more robust systems from Israel might be okay for permanent landscaping but the sytems sold at retailers like Home Depot are worthless.





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