Garden drop irrigation

Water in the garden: properties and characteristics

One of the fundamental things for the healthy and lush growth of our vegetable seedlings is the right irrigation. Each cultivated species requires a specific water supply linked to the characteristics of the chosen vegetable, to the type of soil in which the plant is grown. The presence of water is very important and is linked, in addition to the type of soil, also to the season in which it is planted. The irrigation systems are different and adapt to the needs of the horticulturist, among these one of the best is the drip irrigation that allows a continuous control of the water supply, avoiding the classic stagnations that lead the plants to rot. Before choosing the type of watering suitable for the planted vegetables, it is necessary to know the characteristics of the soil, to know its humidity, for example:

The drip irrigation system for the vegetable garden

Before watering our garden, we must therefore understand the characteristics of the soil. The wise farmer uses a very simple method, pushes a stick into the ground and thus understands how wet or dry it is. Once we understand what the necessary water supply to our garden must be, we can search for the most suitable irrigation systems for the garden. One of the best systems is drip irrigation for gardens. The drip systems are equipped with a programmed control unit that allows you to adjust the water according to the chosen crop. This type of system is also well suited to the irrigation of lawns or gardens, but finds its best application in the vegetable garden, precisely because the water needs of vegetables are not the same. There are different types of drip irrigation on the market, some models are extremely simple and are composed of connectors that connect directly to the water pipe, others are more complex as they have a centralized motor that can be programmed according to needs. These models have higher costs, but allow you to water the garden even in our absence.

The best system: drip irrigation system

There are several drip irrigation models on the market, we have seen that the main price difference is due to the presence or absence of a programmer motor. But the models and prices also change in relation to the place and the crops to be irrigated. There are, in fact, some drip irrigators suitable to be inserted at the bottom, inside the furrows of the ground, for example, are those for irrigation of ditches, also suitable for gardens and crops that require watering directed directly to the root system and “low” crops. More common are the sprinkler irrigation models, i.e. those applied to a higher support than the chosen vegetable and culture, which produce a regular and continuous irrigation and similar to rain.

Garden drip irrigation: Some models of drip irrigation

Among the different models of drip irrigation, we can define at least three main types in relation to the type of watering required. The most common, simple and economical model is the one that uses drips connected to the water pipe, arranged at regular distances, some even on the single plant. The only disadvantage of this system is that it requires clean, uncontaminated water and is not suitable for normal drinking water, therefore it requires a filter system and constant maintenance. Then there are the micro-sprinklers connected to a central pipe and which is usually used for irrigation of the furrows or in any case from below, but which can also become sprinklers if applied to a vertical support. A tip is to understand which is the most suitable drip irrigation system for our crops and to know how much water our vegetables require and especially if from below or from above. Drip irrigation systems can be purchased in specialized stores or online, but there are those who, with the help of some tutorials, build their own customized system.

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