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Disadvantages of drip irrigation

Drip irrigation systemMost high tech farmers will tell you that drip irrigation is the best possible method to water your garden.  In some ways they are right --- drip irrigation minimizes your water usage by putting the water just where your plants need it.  You don't lose water to evaporation and you don't waste water by irrigating your aisles along with your garden beds.  I have seen professional organic farmers use drip irrigation very effectively, stringing long pipes under black plastic in raised rows.

However, for our purposes, drip irrigation failed us.  Here's why:

All of that said, we do use drip irrigation for our perennial bush fruit.  There, we made the drip hoses ourselves out of 1 inch pipe that a friend was throwing out, drilling holes much larger than those found in storebought drip hoses.  In permanent plantings, drip irrigation does work wonders.

This post is part of our Irrigation lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Wow. So the only downside is you may actually have to do a little work?! LOL "Black plastic, evil evil evil"....... Tree huggers. So what you're saying is, it's a great idea.
Comment by Curtis Johnson Wed Oct 19 22:53:32 2016

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