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Post  cherylLun on 10/6/2019, 4:39 pm

Hello -

We've got our two beds up and running. I had our irrigation guy run a new timer for them, which delivers water from a faucet. In the beds we have grid irrigation (garden in minutes), but I was not sure how often to water, and for what duration. Let's assume no rain contribution -- as starts to become more frequent heading into this time of year.

At the moment, it's running for 10 minutes three times/day (6 am, noon, and 6 pm).


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Post  countrynaturals on 10/6/2019, 5:10 pm

@cherylLun wrote:Hello -

We've got our two beds up and running. I had our irrigation guy run a new timer for them, which delivers water from a faucet. In the beds we have grid irrigation (garden in minutes), but I was not sure how often to water, and for what duration. Let's assume no rain contribution -- as starts to become more frequent heading into this time of year.

At the moment, it's running for 10 minutes three times/day (6 am, noon, and 6 pm).


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Mine runs 15 minutes, twice a day, so that's comparable and all of my plants are happy, so it must be working. Also, your plants are smaller, so the more frequent watering makes sense. Lookin' good, btw. okay
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Post  sanderson on 10/10/2019, 4:55 am

Cheryl, Use the finger test to see if you are watering the right amount. If it's dry the first couple inches, no problem, as long as it is moist below that. As the plants grow large, they will need more water. During the rainy season(s), you can stop the watering. Does this make sense?

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Post  cherylLun on 10/10/2019, 7:38 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:

Mine runs 15 minutes, twice a day, so that's comparable and all of my plants are happy, so it must be working. Also, your plants are smaller, so the more frequent watering makes sense. Lookin' good, btw. okay

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Post  cherylLun on 10/10/2019, 7:39 pm

@sanderson wrote:Cheryl, Use the finger test to see if you are watering the right amount.  If it's dry the first couple inches, no problem, as long as it is moist below that.  As the plants grow large, they will need more water.  During the rainy season(s), you can stop the watering.  Does this make sense?

I'll check that out tomorrow. I've had the irrigation turned off for the last two days, as we've received over 5 inches of rain already this week !!

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Post  toledobend on 10/21/2019, 4:44 pm

For those who might want to know, I have installed the Intelligent Irrigation Aquajet system for my 4'x4' boxes and my 13'x4'.  In the 4x4 boxes I do 1 minute of watering every other day and nothing was starved for water.  I was doing 1 minute everyday, but it seemed to be too much.
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Post  sanderson on 10/22/2019, 5:11 pm

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Post  OhioGardener on 7/29/2020, 7:50 pm

A set of interesting documents from the University of California Master Gardener Program. Both documents are downloadable PDF files. In addition to a good discussion on water needs, they give good sample calculations on the amount of water raised beds need.

1. How Much Water Does My Food Garden Need?

2. Food Gardening with Less Water

3. A More In-Depth Look at Food Gardening with Less Water

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/29/2020, 9:47 pm

So. sick. of watering.
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Post  OhioGardener on 7/30/2020, 8:28 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:So. sick. of watering.

I know the feeling.  That is why I put in drip irrigation with a timer a few years ago. I'm getting too old for dragging around water hoses and watering cans.


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