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Re: watering practices

you've written b4 about your system and it sounds like a wonderful
solution, but I am, shall we say, plumbingly challenged.  It all looks so
far beyond my capabilities. and I could never afford to HAVE it done. 
Meanwhile, I'm going to drag out the andrews hoses (those green,
double-barrelled hoses with laser burned holes) and attempt to
strategically place them BEFORE everyhing greens up.  I always think of it
too late.
And, no I don't water my lawn either, except for a brief wetting down after
applying organic fertilizer twice a year.  Besides, I don't have that much


> [Original Message]
> From: Island Jim <jsinger@igc.org>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 3/28/2003 5:11:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] watering practices
> the advice sounds like straining at gnats to me. i water in the middle of 
> the night and have yet to hear my plants complain.
> you really should explore an automatic system, kitty. home built systems 
> based on micro sprays, bubblers, misters, and drippers are not all that 
> expensive and can be put together one area at a time. my six-station 
> [zones] electronic timer cost less than $100 and it works like a
> uses a lot less water than conventional watering methods. i do not water
> lawn, however.
> At 09:59 AM 3/28/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >Last year was a very dry summer here. I watered more often than in
> >previous years. I'm planning on making some changes for better
> >irrigation.
> >
> >
> >Then along comes the American Gardener with a short article on a study
> >done in 1999 and 2000. They say watering is best done in the afternoon.
> >It appears you get increased growth and happier plants. The man who
> >conducted the study says "...home gardeners should be able to benefit
> >from switching to afternoon watering, too. That's the best part of
> >research like this - it helps people."
> >
> >
> >This kind of help I don't need. The study was on containerized plants
> >watered 3 TIMES A DAY. Even so, if we could still apply this information
> >to the home garden, how am I so well "helped" by now being able to water
> >at 3 in the afternoon? Yes there are water timers (that i can't be sure
> >I really trust), but who's going to move the sprinkler to the next spot
> >while I'm at work?
> >
> >
> >Well, at least I won't feel foolish if I do water on a Saturday
> >afternoon because I didn't get up early enough to move the sprinkler 3
> >times so each area can get 2-3 hours of water.
> >
> >
> >Kitty
> >
> >
> >If you have weeds, you don't have enough plants.
> >
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