Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Demystifying Irrigation


This last Sunday was HOT. We don't get that many hot days in San Francisco and Sunday was truly a day to remember. The basil and tomatoes of Graze the Roof are loving the heat and growing fast! (On your next visit to the garden, take home beautiful bushels of basil to make your own pesto - a summer treat!)

When it gets this hot, we are reminded just how important water is, to the success and sustainability of our garden. Graze the Roof is watered via a drip system that was installed about four years ago. Like the garden, drip irrigation is dynamic. It has to be, as the flora of our garden: flowers, fruits and vegetables are in constant rotation...

For the June installment of our urban agriculture workshop series we invited Shain Herbert of the Urban Farmer Store to break down the "how-tos" of irrigation. He did an incredible job covering a vast amount of information and all the parts and pieces that can make up a successful irrigation system. The workshop participants were Master Gardeners, School Garden Coordinators and aspiring backyard gardeners. 

Following the lecture, we jumped into practice and worked together to refine a loosey-goosey drip-line  into a more refined and efficient system.

If you need support with irrigation, you can find Shain and his resourceful colleagues at The Urban Farmer Store -  http://www.urbanfarmerstore.com/

Thank you Shain and all who came out on Sunday to learn and support the continued development of Graze the Roof!

Enjoy the sunshine and happy gardening!

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