Drip Irrigation in Raised Garden Beds

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How to set up drip irrigation for a raised garden bed; get professional tips and advice from an expert on growing your own plants and herbs in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Travis Steglich

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We are going to add a drip irrigation on this raised bed and the main reasons that most people put drip irrigation in is because they can put it on a timer and they don't have to worry about it. Drip irrigation is important for a number of things and one of the main reasons is that it supplies an adequate moisture situation to a plant during the growing time without interruption. You can't rely on the rain and also I think I mentioned before that a raised bed is cut off from the soil in such a way that it doesn't allow moisture to rise from below which happens a lot of times in a natural garden situation. Even though it is dry on the surface, during the evening and at night, moisture will rise from below and your plants can get a little bit of that moisture. Where in these beds if they don't come from the top or from artificial means, it ain't going to happen. So drip irrigation is a serious consideration when it comes to raised beds or any kind of container garden because other wise you are going to be out there every day watering and a lot of people will miss it. Drip irrigation comes several ways. We are going to be showing buttonless installation which is a very targeted way of watering. It allows you to put water exactly where you want it and then we are going to be demonstrating one that is more or a shotgun approach which broadcasts the water to a larger area.