Why your garden needs an irrigation system

My drip tape irrigation system running down my Jean-Martin Fortier style garden beds. Photo courtesy of Martin Cormier.

My drip tape irrigation system running down my Jean-Martin Fortier style garden beds. Photo courtesy of Martin Cormier.

If your garden never looks like anything you see in the magazines, there are a number of things that may be going wrong. Maybe you need to have your soil tested and amend it accordingly. Maybe you have a pest problem. But one common mistake, at least in my garden, are sporadic watering habits.

I love my watering can. Don’t get me wrong. But there are a few problems with it:

  1. I’m not disciplined enough to always water in the early morning or late in the evening, the ideal times to minimise wasting water due to evaporation;
  2. There’s such a thing as too much moisture on plant leaves. Constantly showering them from overhead can therefore be detrimental. That black fungus growing on your tomato plants? It’s called “blight”. Too much water on the plant and not enough air circulation are what’s causing the problem.
Drip tape irrigation, plastic row covers, insect netting...all super useful things even for the home gardener! Photo courtesy of Martin Cormier.

Drip tape irrigation, plastic row covers, insect netting...all super useful things even for the home gardener! Photo courtesy of Martin Cormier.

What to do?

I’ve been using this garden drip tape irrigation kit with this electronic irrigation timer for the past two years now. There are two advantages with this system which, low and behold, solve the two problems mentioned above:

  1. Every day for an hour in the early morning and an hour late in the evening, the irrigation system starts and runs on autopilot. I don’t ever have to worry about watering. I just have to adjust the frequency and amount of water based on rainfall. Lots of rain, reduce watering times. Not enough rain, increase watering times. Couldn’t be simpler;
  2. Since the drip tape sits at the base of the plant, the roots are watered while the leaves and stems stay dry. Not only does this decrease water waste, it also decreases your chances of having problems associated with constantly wet plants.

Finally, the yield and rigorousness of my gardens with the drip irrigation system doesn’t even compare to my garden without it. Now that I’ve used it, it’s a no-brainer and more than worth the investment.

 

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