Drip Irrigation

If you squint at the accompanying picture, you might notice something unusual, something that doesn’t naturally belong in a garden: coiled, brown tubes intricately woven among the plants. This isn’t any ordinary piece of gardening equipment – it is the key to our newfound approach to gardening: a drip irrigation system. Not only is it set to bring us a step closer to a low maintenance garden, but it also aligns with our goal of sequestering greenhouse gases.

Our journey with the farm began two years ago with over 200 blueberry plants. Anyone who has tended to a garden would tell you that watering is crucial. In our case, watering over 200 plants individually was not just laborious but extremely time-consuming. Imagine maneuvering a hose around our expansive field, ensuring each plant receives the right amount of water. After two years, we decided that enough was enough. It was time to find a better, more efficient solution.

That’s when Craig, my partner, embarked on a research journey to unearth alternatives to traditional watering methods. His pursuit led him to the concept of drip irrigation. This system works by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from above the soil surface or buried below the surface. This method is not only more water-efficient but also reduces the amount of labor involved.

Our research led us to the Jain Company, the world’s largest micro drip irrigation manufacturer. While the option to purchase directly from India was available, the associated costs were considerably high. Therefore, we chose to order from their American distributor based in California.

We placed our order, and the waiting game began. The package embarked on a long journey by ship, taking about six months to finally reach a port on the west coast. The day it arrived marked the beginning of a new chapter in our farming journey. With the box finally in our hands, it was time to roll up our sleeves and install our new watering system.

The transformation with the drip irrigation system is set to revolutionize the way we care for our garden. We’re looking at a future where our garden thrives with less effort, conserving water, and contributing to a greener future. The coiled, brown tubes that now lay within our garden are a testament to our commitment to sustainable farming.

Stay tuned to our blog as we share our experiences with the new drip irrigation system, the installation process, the challenges we face, and the changes we observe in our garden. We are stepping into a future where we’re not just growing plants; we are nurturing a sustainable ecosystem.

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