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5 Small-space Irrigation Options

No matter how small (or large) your garden, watering is a big responsibility.

By Lisa Munniksma

Delivering the H2O your plants need to produce the best veggies is a job to be taken seriously. Too much water and you can drown the roots; too little and your plant will under-produce. There are as many irrigation options for container gardening and backyard gardens as there are urban-farmer personalities. Here are five low-maintenance systems to consider for your needs:

1. Self-watering containers. Whether you build your own with Urban Farm's instructions or purchase a ready-made self-watering container (also called a self-irrigating planter), you can kick back and let the built-in irrigation channel do the watering work.

2. Ollas. Just bury these little water reservoirs throughout your garden, and don’t worry about water again until they run dry.

3. Drip irrigation. A favorite of dry-climate gardeners, these systems deliver the moisture directly to the plant — no worries about runoff from hoses or watering cans.

4. Water-absorbing materials. Guard against loss of precious water with materials that keep it next to your plants’ roots: compost, mulch and water-absorbing crystals are three options to trap water where it belongs.

5. Ditch it. With a little help from our friend gravity, an irrigation ditch carries water where it needs to go — right to your plants.

If you want to conserve water, consider building a rain barrel. Here is a list of our favorite plans on how to build a rain barrel.

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Interesting.
Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 4/27/2014 7:52:12 AM
INteresting
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 12/5/2013 12:18:19 PM
interesting!
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 11/17/2013 1:32:43 PM
Thanks for the info!
Greg, Hampstead, MD
Posted: 10/4/2013 5:26:12 PM

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