Drip, drip, drip…
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a little obsessed with drip irrigation. For me it’s a huge time saver. I don’t have to spend time dragging the hose around, setting up sprinklers or carrying a watering can. Best of all, drip irrigation is a better, more efficient way to use water in the garden. My friend Laura, who is known as the “Drip Diva” at Toro tells me drip irrigation can be up to 90% more efficient than other watering methods. That’s because it delivers the water right to the root of the plant – exactly where the plant needs it, without any overspray and less evaporation.
I’ve got drip installed in just about every garden space in my yard, from my second story window boxes to my vegetable garden and each and every container. Including this crazy stacked container tower.
Installing drip in this container took a lot less than 29-minutes. Pick up a Toro Blue Strip Drip Starter Kit at your local home center or at Shoptoro.com. It’s cheap, only around $10! If your shopping at a home center be sure to look in the plumbing department – that’s where they hide the irrigation
First hook the kit to your hose. Run enough tubing to get to the area you’d like to water. Use the connectors and emitters to bring the water right to the plant. Turn on the water and ta-da, no more sprinkling cans!
Here’s a little extra tip. While you’re at the home center grab a hose end timer. When we’re at the cabin for long weekends, this little gadget waters my gardens and containers for me.