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How to irrigate a vegetable garden


The best way to irrigate a vegetable garden is to use a drip irrigation system. It is a system that fights waste, is easy to install and allows you to supply water to plants directly to the roots, thus preventing the evaporation of water.

Furthermore, the systems of drip irrigation they can enjoy a timer system so they can plan when and how much water to irrigate your plants, thus the only maintenance to be done in the garden will be that relating to weeds.

If you prefer conventional watering, depending on the size of the garden you will choose to operate using special pumps or watering cans. L'watering can it is more suitable even if the user will have to struggle more. With the watering can you must be careful not to wet the leaves, otherwise we risk making them grow parasites that will harm our plants. The water must be applied during the early morning or in the evening, when the sun goes down, otherwise most of the water will evaporate, making our efforts useless. With the watering can it will be possible irrigate directly towards the root system, which normal pumps do not allow us. When we use a pump, we must make sure that the water pressure is low enough and before starting irrigation, special channels must be created where most of the water will flow. The channels must be adjacent to the plants. The furrows are made between the different rows of plants and are used to keep the whole from attaching vegetable garden. With pumps not only stagnation is favored with the formation of fungi and molds, but also a lot of water is wasted. Which is not the case with the drip system or with the watering can.

Most gardening experts generally recommend the drip irrigation to facilitate the labor to be dedicated to a vegetable garden. The advantages of this system are many: the leaves will not get wet and therefore the plants will be healthier and less sensitive to parasites. It prevents the collection of stagnant water or humidity with a minor formation of fungi and molds. The drip irrigation system is proposed for all circumstances, both with the garden in the open field and if the garden is small and set up on the terrace of the house. The water waste they are really minimal and installation is very easy.

THE irrigation systems drips can be purchased at DIY and gardening equipment stores. The kits available on the market consist of plastic tubes of different lengths and a series of fittings for the tube. Once you have chosen the length that best suits your garden, you will have to compose the fittings, that is, you will have to install tubes which, from the main pipe, will lead the water to your plants. One end of the plastic tube will mount an adapter that can easily be anchored to your tap garden. The other end is called the closure and will constitute the end of your irrigation system. The most fussy will be able to bury the plastic tube under the ground so that only the individual tubes protrude directly at the height of the plants. The entire installation takes about an hour: the side tubes will protrude from the main tube and reach the various plants. By starting the main tap, each plant will receive water, the right amount of water can be adjusted according to the species. Most of the gardens only need water twice a week, although a lot depends on the climate, the drip system allows for slow and deep irrigation; in addition, for irrigate a vegetable garden without getting tired, it is possible to install a timer.


Video: How to Install a Simple Drip Irrigation System for Your Vegetable Garden (October 2020).