This Week's Podcast: The Guru of Drip
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On this week’s show, I ask Robert Kourik, a pioneer in the practice of drip irrigation, about the best ways to use water in gardens – especially vegetable gardens. We are all interested in not wasting water – regardless of our climates. For example – overhead watering allows a good deal of the moisture to evaporate (as well as promoting diseases). A much more efficient use of water (30% – 70%) is to deliver it directly where it is needed. And that means a network of water lines, tubes and emitters.
“Most people think of drip irrigation as primarily useful in times of drought and for saving money on the water bill,” said Kourik. His research demonstrates the undeniable fact that drip-irrigated plants grow and produce more prolifically while actually using less water. The same is found for ornamental plants in landscapes and gardens.
Robert Kourik tells us about the most recent developments in drip and what we need to know to install a system. (Right, delivering water directly and deeply in a future planting bed.) He also suggests supportive websites at his own web address. There, you’ll find a link to his blog and to many research papers supporting the benefits of drip irrigation. You will also be able to learn about his books, including Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates, and Roots Demystified…Change Your Gardening Habits to Help Roots Thrive.