Rain fed irrigation…. and colfax

by Franco Montalto 2 Comments

Something I wanted to share… I grow a bunch of different vegetables in my backyard and so far this year, I have not had to irrigate them once with the hose. We are fortunate (in this sense) that we live in a region of the world where precipitation is frequent and regular. In some parts of the world (like the US southwest), the humidity and sunlight may be ideal for growing vegetation, but plants will only go if you irrigate them… I’d love to know when (if ever) the plants at any of the sites you are monitoring start to wilt. It would be interesting to see if we could identify a particular number of days without rain when the vegetation at all of the sites seems to be stressed…. My prediction is that Colfax plants will wilt before any of the others… any of you want to guess why I say that?

2 Responses

  1. CitizenScientist

    I’ll record when I see wilting in Sagamore’s plants. My guess on why Colfax’s plants would wilt first, depends on a couple things. I don’t remember where Colfax is; and I’m not sure is the dashboard data is up to date. If I don’t know that information, I guess it’s because the soil hasn’t been retaining water very well. Maybe, it leaches out too quickly before the roots can take hold.

  2. Franco Montalto

    Actually, the reason is that since colfax is hydraulically isolated from the street (that is to say, it doesn’t get any runoff from the surrounding streets and sidewalks, only direct rainfall), the soils are less saturated each time it rains. That means there’s less moisture available to get the plants through dry spells, and greater likelihood that the plants will wilt… but lets find out for sure!

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