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By David A. Bainbridge

Are you dealing with drought or water shortages? Gardening with much less Water offers uncomplicated, low-cost, low-tech thoughts for watering your backyard even more successfully — utilizing as much as ninety percentage much less water for a similar effects. With illustrated step by step directions, David Bainbridge indicates you ways to put in buried clay pots and pipes, wicking structures, and different porous boxes that carry water on to a plant’s roots with little to no evaporation. those platforms can be found at shops and backyard facilities; are effortless to establish and use; and paintings for backyard beds, box gardens, and trees.

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4. Drill a ¼-inch hole in the lid of each buried clay pot, and push the tubing through. Put a flag emitter or a tubing connector on the inside of the lid to keep the tubing from being pulled out. 5. Check periodically to make sure your pots are filling properly. 31 Buried Clay Pots 1. Install a ½-inch PVC pipe feed line from a manual or automatic control valve on a reservoir, pipe, or faucet to the center of the bed. 2. In the center of the bed, install a ½-inch pipe riser and a manifold with ¼-inch tubing connectors.

43 psi, so a tank raised 3 to 4 feet would provide sufficient pressure for these hoses. Other low-pressure porous hose can work at even lower pressures. Automatic control can be difficult for low-pressure systems because some timer valves do not work at low pressure — ask before purchasing. The necks of plastic sport water bottles often fit inside porous hose perfectly. Make a flap in the bottom of the bottle so that you can refill it. Then secure the porous hose to the top of the bottle with glue or duct tape and set the assembly in the soil vertically, next to the plant to be watered.

2. Lay a bead of polyurethane glue around the hole and screw in the fitting. Let dry. Wicks 56 3. Drill or punch a small vent in the cap or top of the reservoir. 4. Cut a length of tubing long enough to go from the reservoir to the ground and 2 to 4 inches into the soil; push one end of the tubing onto the barbed fitting. Slip a hose clamp over the other end. indd 56 9/4/15 11:13 AM Garden with Wicks The simple bottle wicks described in this chapter will all work in the garden. If you find you need to deliver more water to your plants for longer periods of time, try larger wicks and reservoirs, such as a 5-gallon bucket with a threaded-to-barbed fitting near the bottom.

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