Having finally broken down and converted to drip irrigation, I’m just sorry I didn’t do it years ago.
Some years (like last year for example) we need to irrigate very little. But when a year like this one comes around (no rain for a month), irrigation is crucial.
We’ve been getting by with sprinklers and garden hoses. But that is a terribly inefficient way to irrigate; it wastes a lot of water, you water more weeds than plants and you don’t get even coverage throughout the garden.
I’ve been reluctant to make the investment, but now that I have I see easily that the advantages of drip irrigation are even greater than I’d assumed. With drip tape you use far less water, you deliver the water right to the roots and you only water the plants you want to water.
It’s easy to install. With the right implements on a tractor it would be even easier. But I did it by hand and by myself. It was time-consuming, but not difficult.
Then you lay the header pipe. I didn’t think to take a picture of that.
Now our beans, squash and melons are up and thriving. Our tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are healthy and happy.
I think we going to have good summer gardens after all.