A Better Garden Next Year

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/better-garden.aspx

drip irigationIt’s August and my backyard vegetable garden is looking ragged to say the least. Part of the problem is laziness on my part. Each spring I am so excited about getting the seeds and seedlings into the ground that I don’t take the extra weekend time to set up a watering system that would make my life so much easier all summer long.

Drip irrigation is truly the way to go for both the health of the plants and the health of the planet, as it uses so much less water than sprinklers or hand watering. It does take a bit of planning to set out the drip irrigation or soaker hose lines. But the ease with which you will be able to irrigate your garden for the rest of the season is definitely worth the time and effort.

So, I’m sketching a plan NOW where I will need to put the lines next spring. I’m hoping to discover a sale at a local garden store this fall and be able to save money on the irrigation supplies as well as saving water next summer.