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Ask Gardenerd: When to Water?

A question came in from Karen at Ask Gardenerd this week: “During these very hot summer days, what’s the best time of day to water my vegetable garden?” Irrigation is key during hot weather in climates where rain is scarce. … Continue reading

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New Drought, or New Normal?

Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency as California has yet another year of lower than average rainfall. In the case of 2013-2014, almost none. Not only is rainfall at an all-time low, temperatures have been at an all-time high. … Continue reading

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Fountain Pump for Rainbarrels

Our rainy season appears to be coming to a close here in Los Angeles, but before we turn on the irrigation, there’s still a little bit of water in our rain barrels. It’s hard to get every last drop out … Continue reading

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Trial and Error with Irrigation

Every gardener has moments of trial and error, simply because there are some things you just don’t know until you try.  Irrigation is one of those things for me. 

Now that the seedlings (that were started under grow lights) have been planted out into the garden, it’s time to figure out how to integrate them into our new irrigation system.  The irrigation is relatively simple, in that each bed has its own spigot with a hose attachment on the end.  (You can read more about it in this blog entry).  It is complicated, however, in that each bed has different watering …
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