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Watering Systems for Your Garden Plants

Controlling hoses:  You can also use a large, up-ended terracotta pot to wind your hose around for storage and to keep it from kinking. Once wound, push the nozzle end in the pot drainage hole to keep it in place. There are convenient hose-reel winders you can attach to the wall of your house next to the outdoor tap or ones you can wheel around the garden.
  Automatic drip-feed watering: To save time watering, install an automatic
drip-feed system.  Unlike a seep hose, which delivers water all along its length, automatic drip-feed and trickle systems consist of a tube and individual nozzles which can be positioned to direct water where it is most needed - to individual plants, for example, that  need more water than others. A variety  of nozzles  are available to produce sprays or trickles,  and the system can be expanded using  connectors and additional tubes.
  • Trickle or drip irrigation systems allow slow water penetration into the areas of the roots with minimum surface wetting. These installations may be  worthwhile, particularly if large areas are to be
Automatic drip-feed watering system
irrigated. A variety of kits and parts that make up such a systems are readily available. These systems are easily installed into an existing outdoor water supply.
  • Drip or trickle irrigation allows a steady supply of water to be delivered slowly to the soil around the plant roots. There is typically a sixty percent saving or more in water usage with such a system.
  • There are two types of systems. The first is a length of hose with miniscule holes in it. This is very popular where the ability to water an entire row of plants with the turn of a knob makes it very appealing.
  • The other type of system, more expensive, is where watering "emitters"  can be spread sporadically down the length of a hose, so individual plants can be targeted. With this system the quantity of water delivered can also be adjusted.
The advantages of these systems are: ease of use and delivery of a slow, steady quantity of water to a specific locations.

Automatic watering in the greenhouse

      There  are several  systems  you can employ, some comparatively  low-tech,  others  highly  sophisticated.
      Sand bench: The simplest is a tray of sand, connected to a water tank that feeds it via drip feed nozzles. Pots are set on the sand and take in water through their drainage holes.
      Trickle irrigation: This consists of a plastic pipeline with nozzles that drip water into planters, or feed misting jets that moisten plants from overhead. The flow of water from a small tank is usually controlled  by a hand-adjusted  valve.
      Photo-electric control: This system automatically switches on when the light reaches a certain intensity and runs for a set period. It can be used to run either of the systems above.
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