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Drip, Drip, DripThursday, August 04, 2011
We have never professed to being good plant parents. But now that we've installed 40+ green things in our front garden (where everyone else will see whether we can do this), we figure it's best to automate as much of the care as possible. Enter drip irrigation:

Sixty dollars at the Drip Depot got us a complete landscape drip-irrigation system that should meet the needs of our burgeoning front garden. And this stuff is actually really quite fun to install. The first step was the construction of the timer-filter-regulator stack:

Then it was time to lay down the 1/2" tubing, then run 1/4" offshoots to the various plants. The system comes with a number of different drippers to supply either 0.5, 1.0, or 2.0 gallons per hour, along with some other goodies for watering larger areas.

(Yeah, I know. That Astilbe doesn't look so good. But I promise that we were trying to be good to it! We are hopeful that it is just a bit of transplant shock, and that these will flourish as time goes by)

The beauty of this system is that it delivers the water to the base of the plant (where it's needed) rather than to the leaves (where a decent amount ends up evaporating into the air before doing any good to the plant). The next step will be to put down a layer of mulch, and hopefully watch our garden grow.

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