Irrigation–Watering Your Garden

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6 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Doug–how often to water will be based on the plant, but also on how much it rains and how hot it is in your area. Mel’s Mix drains more quickly than the soil around here with a lot of clay in it. While traditional gardeners might plant every X number of days, it really has to be adjusted with Mel’s Mix. The best thing to do is to hand water for a short while, and wait until they start to wilt just a little. At that point you know they need water. Once you have a good idea of how much water they need, you can make it more automated.

  2. doug hicken says:

    if you read pg 115 of Mel’s original book he recommends watering twice a week with what he at that time called ‘Patio Gardening’ 🙂 It is kinda funny to read the old book – which is better – and his ‘new book’.

  3. doug says:


    does you ebook give an indication of how often particular plants should be watered? Eg. Tomatoes 10 to 14 days, Lettuce, twice a week, etc.

  4. Donna says:

    One thing that you didn’t mention that are effective and relatively cheap are home made drips, like using old soda bottles with pin holes, or clay pots. These will allow you to go on vacation without huge expense for irrigation. I did note that you live in a more arid area than I do, though, so what is viable for me may not be for you.

  5. Stacie says:

    I love the drip irrigation system! Be sure to research before you do it though because we thought we knew what we were doing, but it turns out we didn’t. We ended up having to re-buy a whole bunch of parts because we bought the wrong ones 🙁

    It all turned out well in the end though and I love not having to worry about watering my garden!

  6. Kim says:

    Hello, what is your finally drip irrgation design that you like?