Gardens need water to flourish. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a constant drizzle falling on your garden, you might want to consider investing in watering systems. Systems reduce the amount of clean water you use, save time, and increase your efficiency. There are a variety of systems available. The best one depends entirely on the type of garden and your personal preferences.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all your watering options. Here’s a breakdown of some of the systems you can use in your garden.
Furrows use a traditional farming technique to get water directly to the roots of plants. In short, a furrow is a shallow trench between raised beds. Fill the trench with water and allow it to soak in. It will make it to the roots. It’s good if you have lots of raised beds in an allotment.
The problem with furrows is it isn’t the most efficient way to water. Part of the water will be eliminated by the sun whilst it rests on the surface of the trench as groundwater. The plants closest to the furrow will always get more water than those away from it.
Basins vary in size and are basically a circular trench encircling a plant or a group of plants. This technique works best with smaller plants like French beans and groups of onions. Fill the basin and the water will drain into the root. Again, this has the same problem with evaporation as furrows.
A sprinkler system isn’t common in the UK outside of farming communities. Most people have heavy clay soil which causes it to either run-off or absorb slowly. Sprinklers are great for gardeners who don’t have a lot of time and who have sandy soil where water absorbs quickly.
You have to watch the sprinkler carefully to ensure you aren’t overwatering your plants and they’re all getting the right amount.
You’re confined to specific times of the day when you can use the sprinkler. Use it in the early morning. During the day, wetting the foliage can lead to burning because of the sun. With vegetable plants, there’s also the risk of disease as the water nourishes the dangerous bacteria on the leaves.
Drip irrigation is where things get a tad more technical. Install flexible pipes between rows of plants. These pipes have small holes in the pipes which emit small amounts of water over a sustained period of time. They’re connected to a water supply and the water flows straight to the roots of the vegetables.
It’s the most efficient way to water plants currently available. It wastes very little water due to the regulation in the pressure and the amount of water dripping through. It doesn’t have any problems with the sun as everything happens underground. Furthermore, it’s a system which requires very little time to maintain after installation.
The only downside is this is the most expensive of the watering systems mentioned here.
This guest post comes from Michael Hardy. Michael has written numerous articles throughout the web on various topics including watering systemsfollow.