General Question: How long do you water w/ your drip irrigation?

jpe118(z6 SE PA)August 1, 2008

I am a first year 'dripper'. I have drip line set up (at .5gph) on my tomatoes/peppers/cucumbers/beans. I also have .5gph button drippers on some ferns. I'm adding more soon, but IN GENERAL... how long do you leave your system on for a small veggie garden. I know there are lots of variables... just looking for an average to go off of. I've been leaving it on for 1-2 hours lately, but in the middle of the summer, i feel like that may not be enough. I live in zone 6 SE Pennsylvania.

thanks!!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lehua49

Hi jpe,

At least you know how much water you are putting on each plant and how long it takes. That is a big step forward. You probably should post to the tomatoe or vegetable forum to get more precise water amounts. I know about tomatoes, a rule of thumb is 1.5 gal every three days. But this depends on soil drainage, size of root system, heat, mulch etc. Trial and error is your best bet. Keep soil moist but not wet. Water infrequently but deeply. The sticking your finger in the soil and watching the plants will let you know when it is time to water. It won't take long to get a routine set up. Thick mulch stabilizes soil temp., saves water, control weeds and conditions the soil. Good luck. Aloha

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 2:40PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Is it ok to use 16 g wire?
I found a spool of 16g stranded wire under the house...
afbryant
metal inlets for anti-siphon valve manifold
Hi, I'm installing a new sprinkler system and I read...
thanedar
Sprinkler to Soaker Hose/Drip System
My project to convert an existing sprinkler zone to...
mixdplate
Rain Bird SMRT-Y Moisture Sensor
I'm looking to connect a Rain Bird SMRT-Y Moisture...
cdmanoise
Irrigating with portable barrels
I'm wanting to irrigate my garden with a series of...
jon2412
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™