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Forward Thinking Irrigation in The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Forward Thinking Irrigation in The Sacred Valley of the Incas

This past March, my wife Nancy and I had the good fortune of spending 23 days in Peru and Ecuador. We hiked Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley leading to it, sifted through the Amazon basin, and explored the Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin came up with the theory of evolution and natural selection in the 1830’s. My wife and I covered many miles and took many flights. Our tour group returned home with pictures and memories, as well as a newfound sense of respect for the ancient art of irrigation.

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Growing Your Own Herbs

Growing Your Own Herbs

Every Day is Earth Day at Dripworks. I know the theme this year is all about planting trees, but today I was inspired to write about how I celebrate our planet every day in the meals I prepare with my own fresh culinary herbs. They don’t take up much space to grow and they add spice to the rice, and a lot of flavor to meat, fish, poultry, or veggies. Sun and drainage are essential for most herbs. Some herbs double as everyday home remedies. They can be grown in a sunlit corner of your garden, on your deck, or even in your home on a south facing windowsill. Pick a spot that gets at least 4-6 hours of sunlight and allows for easy picking at mealtime. We plant most of the herbs mentioned here in the Dripworks Demonstration Garden.

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Gardening & Baseball - Our National Pastimes

Gardening & Baseball - Our National Pastimes

I was driving to work the other day, radio tuned to my usual sports talk station, and the airwaves were all abuzz with chatter about opening day for the 2016 baseball season. It made me think of the work (dedication and sweat), thought (planning and strategy), and emotion (the thrill when the work pays off) that comes into play in both gardening and baseball. Baseball fans and gardeners alike have soul touching experiences that are triggered by simply stepping onto the landscape where they get to play.

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World Water Day

World Water Day

March 22 is World Water Day.  Nearly 25 years ago, the United Nations recommended an international observance of water in effort to raise awareness of our dependence on this critical resource.  Each year this campaign for awareness adopts a different theme.  We here at DripWorks find this year’s theme very appropriate for our own 25th year in the irrigation business because the theme this year is “Water and Jobs.”  The goal this year is to shine a spotlight on the labor rights and practices of workers in all water-related industries worldwide.

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Springtime Checklist

Springtime Checklist

It doesn’t matter how long the winter lingers, spring is always sure to follow. It is never too early to start prepping for your spring garden. Don’t let the chilly weather stop you from getting your garden off to a good start.

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Starting your Veggies from Seed

Starting your Veggies from Seed

Starting a vegetable garden from seed is an age old tradition. At Dripworks I am once again getting the display garden ready for planting. With Spring less than a month away, I have the “itch” to roll out the electric heating mat on an upper shelf in our little Solexx greenhouse and plug it in. The mat has a thermostat that controls the temperature to give the seeds in the seed tray a nice constant 68-72 degrees. These seeds will then have a good chance to germinate quickly. Our trays have clear plastic lids to keep the moisture and heat in and can be bought at most nurseries. Using last year’s plastic six-pack seedling container, waxed paper cup, or small yogurt container works well too for seed starting.

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