Diverse crops, drip irrigation help urban farmers hedge bets weather extremes

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  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    I'm wondering if drip irrigation means you have to punch a little hole in an irrigation line, meaning the drip irrigation will always only water that small area right next to where the hole is. Meaning that you have to plant year after year in that same exact little spot. If so, I wonder what that does to soil fertility in that one spot. I wonder if plants grown in that exact spot would be less and less healthy every year as the soil gets less and less fertile. I wonder if the produce would have less and less nutritional quality year after year of being grown in that exact same spot.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    July 8, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    Quick thoughts on the "weeds" issue-
    1. Blame all weeds on women. After all it was Eve who created the problem in the first place ;)

    2. There have been some fantastic advancements in decomposable row covers to eliminate a lot of weeding.

    3. I have had some success aligning / staging plants that require cooler temps like peas, beans, cilantro, etc. next to taller plants so, that they get good morning sun but, not the hotter afternoon sun. Using this technique in conjunction with mulches/row covers and drip irrigation, some success can be had even in periods of extreme heat.