THE MORNING SHOW
Author of Roots Demystified and Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates
You can always use drip irrigation to help plants limp along during droughts. But why not learn how you can help plants flourish-and why daily drip irrigation can make for the best looking and yielding plants, even where “droughts” are short and sporadic ?
Did you know?
* About 90% of a tree’s roots are to be found in the top 18 inches of the soil.
* At the end of its first year’s growth, an apple tree can incorporate as many as 17,000,000 root hairs with a total length of well over a mile!
* The glorious magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), can grow roots 3.77 times wider than the dripline.
* A measly turnip can produce roots that explore 100 cubic feet of soil (enough “dirt” to fill 20-25 wheelbarrows), and the roots of the lowly lima-bean bush as much as 200 to 225 cubic feet.
-Spacing your vegetable plants; closer spacing require more nutrients
-Is there a downside to using horse manure in the garden?
-What are the best earthworms to buy if you find you need to buy them? You don’t want the ‘red wigglers’
-The drought in California; where has the normal rainfall gone?
-Why drip irrigation works better for tree crops than vegetable crops
-Drip irrigation can produce higher yields and use less water; how does it work?
-Drip irrigation sustains a moist soil; not a wet soil
and so much more!
robert kourik on drip drought, drip irrigation and more, january 29, 2014