Irrigation

We run out stored drip-tape using a garden cart, rebar axle and four spring clamps. CREDIT: Luke J Stovall.

We run out stored drip-tape using a garden cart, rebar axle and four spring clamps. CREDIT: Luke J Stovall.

It’s hot, it’s dry, and a vegetable grower’s mind turns to irrigation. Originally the manuscript for my book Sustainable Market Farming had a chapter on irrigation, but when it became clear that the manuscript was way too long, I had to cut out some chapters. One of them was on irrigation.

The other topics I cut out (radishes, mulches, tools, shade cloth and row cover) have since all made it into print in Growing for Market magazine or in this blog. But not irrigation. Recently I got an email from a reader who wanted to know if I had written anything on the topic, so I dusted the chapter off, and made it a pdf. You can see it here: Irrigation text only

One of  our drip tape shuttles. CREDIT: Luke J Stovall.}

One of our drip tape shuttles. CREDIT: Luke J Stovall.}

 

 

We haven’t changed much since I wrote this, except for twice accidentally buying medium-flow drip tape rather than the low-flow we really like. I just finished separating it all out, and passed the medium-flow tape on to some other growers. We like the low-flow versus the medium-flow drip tape because you can run more at once. Naturally, you need to water for twice as long as with the medium-flow, but that suits us better too. Having two kinds was too confusing!

Stay cool, stay hydrated! Water for growers as well as crops is important.

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  1. Ah the missing chapters! This explains so much. I wondered about radishes but I was really confused about irrigation. As it is not covered in many US books, thought maybe it just rains regularly in most of your growing areas. In Australia where I farm irrigation is the Number 1 thing any grower has to figure out. Thanks for sharing this and hopefully I can find the rest of your missing chapters next.

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