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javaMom
May 23, 2016 10:25 AM CST
What is the best irigation on medium size raised bed ?
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
May 23, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Drip is always the best irrigation in my mind. You water only what you want so saving water and it will help with weed control too.
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javaMom
May 23, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Thank you Daisy, I am worry about my newly planted flowers that may suffer when I have to leave for vacation in Summer...and I don't think Sprinklers do a great job....Can you tell me what kind do you use and perhaps a link to a products you use ?
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plantmanager
May 23, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Hi, we travel frequently, so we have all of our gardens, beds and greenhouse on drip systems. They work well and are all automatic. We get most of our drip parts from big box stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. They are also available online from irrigation supply places. Here is an article to help:
http://www.lowes.com/projects/lawn-and-garden/drip-irrigatio...

If you put in a drip setup you'll come back to your flowers doing really well. If you have a neighbor who could check once in a while to make sure all looks good, that would be even better. On occasion we have had drippers plug up, or get blown out of the proper position by winds.
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javaMom
May 23, 2016 10:56 AM CST
Thank you Karen,

Great info, I will definitely check this out and make sure to have my honey done it right...and like you I have wonderful neighbor who would not mind check it out once in awhile, who knows what can happened while you are 1000 miles away from home...



Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 23, 2016 11:09 AM CST
I buy parts from Home Depot. The main line is 1/2 inch tubing which I run through the garden and either add mini-sprinklers or drippers. You can get distance from the main line with 1/4 inch line. I converted sprinklers to drip so can use the built in timers on the irrigation box. If running from a faucet, find a timer that hooks to the hose bib and into the drip line. DIG is my favorite timer brand. The one sold at HD stops working on the first hot day - just when you need it.

Here are a couple photos:
This timer is in my greenhouse
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Photos of the drip line running through the plants. Eventually, the plants get big enough to hide the drip line or you can bury them. I water 10 minutes at a time 3 times a week. I live in the high desert - the soil is gritty sand so I have dug in a lot of compost.
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javaMom
May 23, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Daisy, I appreciate your help !!!

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