I need help designing my patio - Knowledgebase Question

San DIego, Ca
Question by catherine_tn
May 15, 2009
My condo has a large patio (500 sq ft). However, there is no water hookup from the outside. I have been caring buckets of water to water my plants. In california, we are having a crisis on water. I would like to have fruit trees and herbs. Would like to have advice how I can do it without watering too much. Thanks

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2009


I'm afraid that plants growing in containers dry out faster than the same plants growing in the ground so hauling water on a daily basis is going to be required to keep your plants healthy and happy. A drip irrigation system would help but I don't think you can install one on a patio without having the lines become a tripping hazard for anyone walking on the patio. Perhaps you can park a cart on the patio that holds a drum of water and just move the cart from plant to plant to water? That's how they do it in big resorts and hotels.

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