Maximum Yield USA July 2017 - Page 124

cycl growers know HAND-WATERING AND DRIP SYSTEM COMBINATIONS FOR OUTDOOR GROWING Hand-watering and drip systems both have their merits, but combining these techniques gives growers the best of both worlds. Kent Gruetzmacher explores the variables for the perfect set-up. 122 grow cycle y diversifying approaches to watering and fertilizing outdoor crops, gardeners achieve far more versatility in troubleshoot- ing and dealing with scheduling constraints. For some cultiva- tors, this notion means combining techniques of both irrigation drip systems and hand-watering. More specifically, this idea is concerned with putting plants on a constant straight-water drip system in conjunc- tion with the hand-watering of nutrients. Hand-watering nutrients forces drip irrigation farmers to be more hands-on with their crops when fertilizing. This intimate exchange with plants promotes an inclusive, critical examination of the entire garden which is often lacking in automated cultivation situations. Also, a straight-water drip system provides horticulturalists a security blanket with watering, as the drip can sometimes cover the recurring chore of hand-watering when a constraint arises in one’s schedule. Finally, the drip system and hoses can sometimes be used functionally in an interchangeable fashion. To elaborate, the hose can be used in hand-watering to periodi- cally flush out salt deposits in the soil during a long summer growing season. Similarly, the drip system can be used to fertilize the garden in the event of a scheduling emergency—nu G&ЦVG26&R֗VBBW&FVBGf6RbFR7GVfVVFrFR'6WGFrW^( 2v&FVvF&FBvFW&rBG&'&vF77FV2V&ǒFR6V6w&vW"6VV7W&P&VFgV7&'FfW'6grvFW&rFV6VW2vFF6F'r '