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GYG-095 Drip Irrigation – It’s Easy!


In an earlier Episode, I spoke about how effective and easy it was to extend your growing season with a hoophouse like Elliot Coleman wrote about in his books.

april2013 010Listener Rev John Watton did me one better and shared some photos of his success in Newfoundland, Canada.  That’s Zone 4, Folks.  These photos were taken on ap122013April 12th, 2013.  As you can see there is snow and cold outside, yet inside his hoophouse he is enjoying Bok Choy, Lettuce, and Spinach.  Way to Go Rev Watton!

Although many of you are still struggling with cold, snow, and flooding, soon it will be time to get your outdoor garden ready and that should mean a way to water ( irrigate it).

I am a big fan/believer in drip irrigation for a couple of reasons:

  1. Cost
  2. Conservation
  3. Healthier for the plants ( less diseases past around)

Although much of the materiel and tools needed can be found at the local big box stores, I prefer to use http://www.Dripworks.com.  They are not the cheapest, but they always have what I need and many new innovations the other stores don’t bother with.



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  • Erin May 17, 2013, 10:30 am


    I’ve just recently started listening, and I really hope you decide to keep podcasting. I live near Pittsburgh and just started my own vegetable garden in our new house after being only a container gardener (apartment life). Your podcast is helpful and I’ve already implemented some of your thoughts (DIY seed tapes) and am fascinated by this straw bale gardening idea. My dad and I both enjoy your expertise on the subjects you cover as well as your personality. My husband is worried about the increasing amount of our backyard that is devoted to my “miniature farm”; however, he has been happily surprised by the difference in fresh greens v. supermarket.

    Anyway, I’m hoping that circumstances allow you to continue. Good weather to you!

    • Steve May 19, 2013, 11:09 pm

      Thanks for the comments, Erin, and the update from Pittsburgh. I will continue to try and live up to your Dad’s and your expectations. Tell your husband to focus on all the fresh vegetables you will be able to put on the table later in the season. Best of luck in the garden

    • WYLIE PILGRIM May 29, 2013, 12:41 pm

      Steve made straw bale gardening sound so enticing that i looked into myself. i picked up Joel Karsten’s online book and decided to take the plunge. I have a straw bale veggie garden and a straw bale flower garden all planted and ready to go. it was very easy, and so far i’ve not had a single problem. We’ve had a really steady mix of sun and rain in my neck of the woods, so my bales have already sprouted to life, with no signs of weeds or pests. So , with all my hear, i recommend you give it go and definitely get Joel’s book – it lays it all out simple and plain… you pretty much can’t go wrong if you follow his easy guide.

      all the best..

      Wylie in Canada.

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