What is the best way of watering a vegie garden?

Sprayers, single drippers or some kind of soaker hose?

(connected to a rainwater tank)

Asked by Gregory Olsen

3 answers

  • Hi Greg. The most efficient watering option for a veggie garden is the weeping type hose, where water seeps out along the length of the hose. Buried under the mulch, and laid out across the whole bed, they put the water where it's most needed - at the roots, and little if any water evaporates, unlike sprayers which are illegal to use.

    Answered by Steve Batley
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    Rating: 3
  • Thanx, Steve. I had thought that would be the best way. However, I've received advice that insects invade that type of hose and clog it up. It seems that is common with all types of fixed systems. I know that the micro-sprays I've previously used have to be checked regularly for ant blockages. That is easier than checking for similar problems in a weeping hose. What would be the best way to check for insect invasion in soaker hoses and what is the most efficient way to arrange them. I imagine that water pressure would diminish over a fairly short distance of hose.

    Answered by Gregory Olsen Rating: 0
  • The weeping type hoses made from recycled rubber don't get insects in them as the holes are tiny. I fomething gets in simply cut off the end and flush it out. The brown drip type with the built in drippers every 20 or 30cm are pretty good too for the same reason, and they have built in filters. It's good practice to block the ends when not in use as lizards often make their homes in the hose.

    Answered by Steve Batley
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