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tatatatao

Thank you all for your honesty. Clearly, irrigation systems are not only expensive, but also maintenance intensive. So, if all of that sounds too much - or if you Would prefer to tread lightly on the planet, please consider draught proofing you garden by choosing plants with low to moderate watering needs / prairie gardens / Mediterranean style.

After that you are effectively left with growing vegetables and they can be grown in wicking beds that have a reservoir in the bottom (they look like raised beds) and can be made of recycled materials. These systems have not yet been commercialised, but there are a million tutorials online.

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polly7818

This is a great detailed article for those new to gardening. I have had drip systems over the years, many, and i am not considering one in my new garden. They are a fabulous idea for a small area but i have experienced clogging of the nozzles, weather wear on the tubing, the dogs seem to love chewing on them, the spray nozzles break, come loose fall out etc and overall i don't have the patience to maintain it. I would rather get outside with a hose or a bucket. But that is purely a personal choice.

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Kiera Kim McGrath

Fantastic article and really helpful - I will be re-installing my system accordingly!

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