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Re: Weather/Irrigation


Our soil here is supposed to be the type that is good for drip irrigation,
but I tried it years ago and the water didn't spread out far enough to suit;
it pretty much went slowly straight down.  I don't like dragging hoses
either so last year I put together a water system with what Jim described as
"micro-sprayers, devices  that put out a circle of spray. "  I really liked
the way it worked.  I still have to plug the hose into each set, but quick
connects make it easy.

However,  in this climate the lines would freeze if water were left in them.
Some people leave them in place and blow them out with an air compressor,
but I was unable to find a small one that would operate off electricity.  So
last fall, I picked up and stored all 600 feet of the layout.  I just
haven't had time to put it back in place.  That's why I resorted to the old
oscillator.

Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Weather/Irrigation


> I don't know much about irrigation anywhere except here, where the soil
> is sandy, and the central valley of California, where the soil is gumbo
> adobe. In central valley California, drip irrigation is terrific, the
> slow drip soaks into and throughout the dense adobe, spreading moisture
> in a large circle around each emitter. In our sandy soil, emitter drips
> do not spread; they go straight down. So we use micro-sprayers, devices
> that put out a circle of spray. The area of coverage is about the same,
> given the difference in soil texture.
>
> Here--and I don't know this about the central valley of California--we
> have rain sensors, devices that measure rainfall and override the
> irrigation controller. Turns off irrigation when it rains, turns on
> irrigation when it doesn't. But I'm sure this is not a sandy-soil
> gizmo; RainBird [John Deere] is smart enough to have one, or settings
> for one, for any soil type.
>
> Beats dragging hoses.
>
>
> On Apr 19, 2005, at 5:26 PM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
> Center wrote:
>
> > Well, here we are in our 3rd straight 80 degree day and no sign of
> > rain.  It
> > is unbearably dry.  I have never had to water in April but when I went
> > home
> > at lunch, a beautiful Pulmonaria in semi shade was lying prostrate, so
> > I
> > gave in and turned the sprinkler on for the next 3 hours.  It's an
> > oscillator; the quickest, easiest solution.  I haven't yet laid out the
> > watering system for this year.  Geez, last year I only used it 2 or 3
> > times - it was such a wet year.  I'm afraid this dry spring may be an
> > omen.
> >
> > Kitty'
> >
> >>>>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
> >>>>>>>> From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> >>>>>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >>>>>>>> Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 5:05 PM
> >>>>>>>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Weather
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Well today was the native plant groups sale.... was worried
> > the
> >>>>>>>>> nice
> >>>>>>>> weather
> >>>>>>>>> would keep folks home working in their gardens instead of
> > heading
> >>>>>>>>> by
> >>>>>>>> us....
> >>>>>>>>> but they came out in droves...it's was a long day.....
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Good thing I don't have to talk... cause the voice is gone!
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> Donna
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>> It's been gorgeous here but still no sign of rain.  We
> > potted up
> >>>>>> about
> >>>>>>>> 700
> >>>>>>>>>> plants for our MG nursery yestwerday and we'll finish up
> >>> tomorrow
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>> afternoon. I still have lotsof plants coming in for the
> > display
> >>>>>>>>>> gardens that I have
> >>>>>>>>>> to
> >>>>>>>>>> babysit for a while.  I ordered a Glaucidium that I need to
> >>>>>> convince
> >>>>>>>>>> one
> >>>>>>>>>> of
> >>>>>>>>>> the shade gardens to take on.  When I got my own a few years
> >>> back
> >>>>>> I
> >>>>>> had
> >>>>>>>> to
> >>>>>>>>>> wait a couple of years for it to bloom.  This one is
> > blooming in
> >>>>>>>>>> the
> >>>>>>>> pot.
> >>>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>> Kitty
> >>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>
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> >> Pam Evans
> >> Kemp TX
> >> zone 8A
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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    • Re: Weather
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
    • Re: Weather
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
    • Re: Weather
      • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>

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