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Country Lore: Garden Irrigation Methods

When asked to share their favorite garden irrigation tips, our readers came through in a big way.

| June/July 2010

Last June, we asked readers to tell us about the garden irrigation techniques that work best for them. Here is a sample of the answers. Post your own irrigation experiences in the comments section of the online article.


Because we have no outdoor spigots, we’ve had to hand-carry water from our basement out to the flower beds. After seven or eight trips with a watering can, we get a good workout. This year, hubby fastened a length of clear tubing to the outside of the window air conditioner, and now we are catching that free water in a 32-gallon plastic trash barrel. We just take off the lid, and dip out the warm water. It’s just a few feet from the garden beds, so it doesn’t take long for all the flowers to get a drink.

Lynne Thompson
Howard, Kansas

My wife and I live on a tiny Caribbean island where fresh water is scarce. We collect rainwater from our roof during the rainy season and store it in a concrete cistern under our house for the dry season. To avoid running out, we’re careful how we irrigate. Three years ago my wife and I installed drip irrigation in our garden, which has worked extremely well for us. We grow lettuce, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, okra, black-eyed peas, yard-long beans, sweet potatoes, papayas, pineapples, coffee, and occasionally cucumbers and melons.

George Works
St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles



My absolute favorite way to water my garden is to set my 8-year-old granddaughter loose with a hose and let her do it. It’s play for her, and my garden always gets a good, hearty soaking. She’s here more days than not, so until she loses interest, I’ll stick with Jadyn.

Cindy Scott Day
Granger, Texas






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