The Ultimate Garden Cocktail
Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
We gave our veggie and herb garden the ultimate cocktail this recent long weekend – a drip irrigation system. I love creating craft cocktails using as many organic garden ingredients, like herbs and edible flowers, as possible. I love to garden. But I don’t love to water the garden.
Last summer, my husband Raoul and I took a drip irrigation class at Tilth, here in Seattle. We got to assemble the parts of an drip irrigation system, which gave us the confidence to tackle this project. Tilth spoke highly of DripWorks, an online company. We measured, sketched a rough plan, and ordered a box full of parts from them. Here is Raoul eating his breakfast while watching the how to videos DripWorks has online.
We spent two days assembling our system. There was lots of bending, stooping and kneeling. Not that much profanity. We adjusted our original plan a few times. In hindsight, it was actually sort of a fun process. And the payoff was incredible.
Each big pot in our garden got its’ own little line.
The longer garden beds got three lines.
Each artichoke got an individual drip line wrapped around its’ base.
I kept my fingers crossed as Raoul turned on the water to our new irrigation system. Seeing water drip out evenly over the entire veggie and herb garden at the same time was hugely gratifying! A miracle, really. I have to give bunches of credit to DripWorks. Their components were easy to work with, and reasonably priced. Plus I could cover up lots of the supply lines, so the drip irrigation system didn’t clutter up our garden. I’ll keep you posted on how the system continues to work. Right now, we are still feeling pretty pleased with ourselves.