One of the first things you’ll want to do when you start organic gardening is to set up some irrigation. It really saves you sooooo…. much time, and water in fact. You can include a timer tap to your system and know that you are giving your vegetables a deep watering, which is exactly what they need.
Below is a photo of a new patch where I wanted to expand my veggie garden. I actually put in a few things before we got around to putting together the irrigation, but we installed it long before summer hit hard.
The irrigation system is quite simple and easy to install. I think that’s always (almost) the best way to do things. Simple is almost always best. Just in case you’re wondering, the frame and wire setup is for my scarlet runner beans.
And below is the irrigation we put together for the area. The main plot is irrigated in a rectangle and several areas set out behind the trellis in cross sections for curcubits (pumpkins, cucumber, melons and zucchinis).
I’m not sure how much time I save, but I know it’s a lot. And with the tap timer I never have to wonder if I forgot to turn the water off.
If you’re starting out with your own organic vegetable garden, you might like to look at my e-book “Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual” for more step-by-step tips to get you started on the right foot – so to speak.
Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…
Filed under: vegetables on March 18th, 2009