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Jun 8, 2017 2:37 PM CST
First let me start out by saying that this is an AWESOME website !!! It has sooooooooo much to offer, which unfortunately intimidates me as to where I should post my question as well as where to go to search to see if my question has already been asked.Hate to bug you ... especially because I'm afraid of what you may say ... but here goes ...

I FINALLY got to plant some veggies in beautiful, sunny Marietta, GA - Zone 7.

Got a late start as my friends tiller wouldn't crank up.

My question concerns drip irrigation.

I tilled, added some garden soil from the big box store, put in my veggies, put down some weed fabric (you probably despise weed fabric) and finally some mulch.

My last step is I installed a drip irrigation system on the top. So my question is ... will the water be able to go through the mulch, through the weed fabric and ultimately get to the roots ?

Thanks !!!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 8, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Yes, but you shouldn't have your mulch right up against the stems of your plants anyway. It will cause rot. Move the mulch back 6 inches and put the dripper in the empty spot between the plant and the mulch.

The reason we all hate weed fabric is that it doesn't inhibit the growth of weeds but does make them a lot harder to pull. As the mulch breaks down, you end up with a layer of dirt above and below the weed cloth - and the mulch will do just as good a job of inhibiting weed growth by itself. Weed fabric is a waste of money.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 8, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Mickey : Don't be intimidated or shy.
Remember that we all have to learn. And ! The only stupid question is a question never asked !!! nodding

You're allways welcome to ask a question.
Everything you did, is good ! Well,
?😕? Weed fabric under mulch, unnecessary. If weed fabric lets water throught, its ok, but get rid of it next year. It just gets in the way, you'll discover. Mulch on top, makes weeding EZ ! You keep adding mulch on top every year, you'll have excellent soil in a couple years.
Read up on no-till gardening.
Keep mulch a few inches away from stems. I use leaf mold right up against my plants. No prob !
On my drip lines, I have 1 gph. drip emiters, every 12 inches. I plant my seeds any where in between, since water will spead across. And i have pretty sandy soil.
Enjoy your gardening adventures 😁


Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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