Jul 1, 2008

Micro Irrigation Blues

That fateful hiss. The obscure little spot of moist soil which should not be there. Two winters and three summers makes for a well buried water line and the aging of a few weak spots in the system. Whenever I find the crack or pinhole, its time for a small drip line to go somewhere. Next summer I plan on removing the lines as the plants should be well established in the berms. Most do not need it now and their roots have long extended past the drip area. A few plants put in last summer are my only concern during these hot July days. The Kiwi, Peach, and Reliance Grape had a long and rough winter. I want to give them all the growth they can get done this summer. Maybe I'll use bucket drip lines next summer.

The Sea Berry runners love the drip lines and send up shoots along its length. Great for me, I pull, pot and propagate hoping to plant them all along the fences. Someday replace the fences with them.

Emitters 0, Scythe 8.

TONS of Wild Blue Indigo. Huge plants are taking over the paths. Their canopy now matches the trees. Some 4 feet across. I must find a way to measure the pounds of Nitrogen per acre they are putting out. I know what the trees need. Their roots are well intertwined by now.

Not many cherries this year.
I will start bagging the pomes next week. Apples and Pears are growing fast.
Red Currants and Strawberries are ripe for picking.

I picked up three solar panels last week. Another project!

1 comment:

Chris said...

Hey Dan,
This is my first visit to your web site -- it's great!
Like you, I am also looking to buy some solar panels this summer, but am feeling behind on doing the research. Would you be willing to share your source or other info you found helpful in your process of deciding what to buy?
Chris G.
(fellow PRI-CC member)

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