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DripWorks Demonstration Garden Update

DripWorks Demonstration Garden Update

Back in late January and early February, we published a 2-part blog about heirloom seeds and talked about what we planned to grown in our demonstration garden this year.

It is now June and the garden is both beautiful and productive. The very mild weather we've had this Spring has allowed us to plant veggies and harvest earlier than usual. The perennial beds that line the entrance to the DripWorks store are flowering profusely. Over the past month, our lunchroom has reaped the benefits (forgive the pun), supplied with an abundance of lettuces and radishes.

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The History of Drip Irrigation

The History of Drip Irrigation

Mainline tubing is a flexible polyethylene tubing used for carrying water throughout a drip system. It is designed to carry water from your spigot to your plants via emitters, sprayers, sprinklers, or driplines inserted along its length. We know that the origins of drip--or micro--irrigation, goes back to ancient times, but from where and when did the idea of modern drip irrigation come about?

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May is California Water Awareness Month

May is California Water Awareness Month

California, like many other states, is entering its fourth year of severe drought. In response, the state government has enacted new emergency water conservation regulations to safeguard California's remaining water supplies. There's only so much to go around so we need to stretch our precious water supply as much as possible. By presenting you with the flowing facts, this blog is intended raise awareness about how much our everyday activities cost relating to water use.

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How Long Should I Water?

How Long Should I Water?

How much, how long, and when to water are some of the most challenging questions when it comes to the efficient use of a drip irrigation system. In order to establish the amount of water needed for a plant's optimum growth, there are three main factors to consider: soil type, climate, and the size of the plant or container. Over watering is contrary to the goals of a gardener or farmer employing drip irrigation. Too much water results in an oxygen depleted soil that suffocates the roots and eventually rots them.

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Governor Brown Demands 25% Water Reduction

Governor Brown Demands 25% Water Reduction

As most of you know, with the snowpack at a record low in the Sierra Mountains, California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a 25% statewide reduction in water usage. What you might not know, is drip irrigation can reduce water usage in your lawn and garden by 30-50%. If you want to do something to reduce your water usage, immediately, DripWorks can help. This is not bluster. This is fact.

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Companion Planting for the Vegetable Garden

Companion Planting for the Vegetable Garden

Though some may plant their gardens haphazardly (to each their own, I say) I like to create a plan and plant carefully for beneficial growth and insect control. With 40 years of vegetable gardening experience as my guide, here are a few things that I have learned along the way.

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