Watering With Irrigation Water – Pressure or Flood

Q. “We water our gardens with irrigation water. How do we do the Mittleider method? I have pressurized irrigation, but the water comes from the river and clogs the pipes with mud, rocks, worms, and even fish! And my parents have flood irrigation – how do we do the beds to accommodate that”? A. With …

How Much to Water – Tradition says 1″ Per Week & Mittleider Says 1″ Per Day!

Q. “I came across a question and answer you gave previously (another article which states that 1″ of water in the beds is needed each time you water) and it confused me somewhat. I have a question about putting an inch of standing water on the beds every day. Conventual wisdom is an inch of …

Watering with PVC Pipe – Will small #57-size holes get plugged up?

Q. “I am in the process of starting work on the irrigation part of my conversion to the MittleiderMethodGardening system. I would like to ask if the small #57 holes in the PVC pipes present any special trouble with stopping up”? A. A #57 hole in a Schedule 200 PVC pipe will not plug up …

Which is best – Sprinkling, Flooding, Drip/Soakers or Something Else?

Q. What is best, watering from above (sprinklers) or watering from below (flooding or soakers)? A. Sprinklers are the worst – for several reasons, including 1) the great waste of water from evaporation, 2) the waste of water and encouragement of weed growth by watering the aisles, 3) the increased risk of disease infection caused …