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WATERING THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

 

Keeping plants well watered is a growing challenge in a place with heavy water restrictions.

 

We are only allowed to use sprinklers two days a week and this means hand watering the rest of the time. We have installed an automated system to take care of the days we can use sprinklers but have to get out and water by hand on every other day.

 

The sprinklers we have installed use a simple grid system of 9mm poly pipe that surrounds each garden bed and directs jets of water mist over the plants. We have 2 battery powered timers that control the sprinkler watering.

 

The major problem we have found is not just heat, it is heat combined with strong wind. When these conditions occur we know we are going to find many plants stressed and some may even die.

 

We try to ensure we water in the evenings to maximise the effect on the plants and we try to enrich the soils with compost and add wetting agents to help hold water in the soil.

 

This was what our first veggie garden looked like before we started - not much to work with!

 

Not long before we left this house the garden had become well established. This took 18 months.

 

 

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