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Garden Watering: So Many Options!

May 15, 2014

Watering your garden can be fun. It can also be confusing based on the amount of options available. From spray nozzles on risers to impact heads, and from pop-up sprinklers to drip emitters, it’s tough to go wrong as long as you get the necessary amounts of water to your plants.

I have experience watering multiple gardens a lot of different ways. When I was young, I often visited my grandpa and helped him irrigate his plants and vegetables. He lived in a farm area with a canal as the main source of water. On his watering days, when we opened the gates, water would fill the furrows of his two-acre vegetable garden. My dad set up a quarter-acre area on his property to plant pumpkins for me and my siblings to sell each fall. We watered that area with impact sprinklers on two- to three-foot risers. As an adult with a family of my own, I still have gardening in my blood. While I don’t have the time or land for a garden the size of my dad’s or grandpa’s, I have created a 20-foot-by-12-foot vegetable garden in my yard that I water with drip and spray heads on risers. At times, I have supplemented my watering with a garden hose.

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The way you choose to water depends on things such as the size of your garden, the plants you want to grow, the amount of time you have to tend to the garden, and the source or availability of water in your area.

Of all the watering options available, my favorite by far is drip. Drip watering (often referred to as drip irrigation) is great for almost any garden application, independent of size, water source, or plants. A drip system can be hooked to a hose faucet or underground valve—you simply need to verify that you have some kind of pressure regulator. You can also retrofit a riser with a variety of manifold options to suit your need. Drip is perfect, because with easy-to-use tubing and emitters or micro sprinklers, you can get precisely the correct amount of water right to the roots, avoiding leaf rot and eliminating the watering and proliferation of weeds. For more information on drip watering, check out our other blog posts and videos.

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