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is the best way to water vegetables and cut flowers. It
avoids wetting the foliage, which can lead to foliar diseases. It
delivers water only to the crop, reducing the growth of weeds nearby.
And it is the best water-conserving irrigation method, with little
evaporation and no wind-blown water. Once a drip irrigation system is
set up, irrigating is quick and easy.
A drip system consists of
drip tubing, which has orifices at regular intervals that emit water
onto the soil at the base of the plants. The water spreads across and
down into the soil, creating a uniform band of moisture at root level.
Water is emitted very slowly, so there is no runoff. Other components of
a drip irrigation system include a filter for well water, to remove
particulates that could clog the system, and fittings to connect
multiple lines of drip tubing to a header line so that numerous beds can
be watered at once.
Johnny's has drip
, with everything needed for backyard or small
market gardens. The components of the irrigation kits are also available
individually for larger growers to set up more extensive systems.
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from JSS Advantage May 2010