Organic Gardening, June - July 2011 by Ethne Clarke (Editor in chief)

By Ethne Clarke (Editor in chief)

PLANT A WATER-SMART DOLLAR-WISE backyard. WHAT to not COMPOST.

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49 Open staging on which a multi-point watering system is installed for watering individual pots such as the dwarf chrysanthemums depicted. Capillary systems, though all working on the same principle, are many and varied. First to be developed were the sand benches, which divide into two types. In the more simple type the bench is covered with a sheet of plastic film and then 50 mm (2 in) of fairly fine sand. A trickle irrigation system is then laid over the sand which is wetted until water is dripping out from the edges of the sand.

This is sometimes referred to as the 'spaghetti system'. The narrowness of the internal diameter of the tubes causes the water flow to be reduced to a trickle. 49 Open staging on which a multi-point watering system is installed for watering individual pots such as the dwarf chrysanthemums depicted. Capillary systems, though all working on the same principle, are many and varied. First to be developed were the sand benches, which divide into two types. In the more simple type the bench is covered with a sheet of plastic film and then 50 mm (2 in) of fairly fine sand.

54 A careful experiment at Stockbridge House Experimental Horticulture Station, Cawood, Yorkshire, in the early 1950s, showed surprisingly little difference in the winter growth of lettuces in span frames orientated in various directions. This being the case, a frame can be placed in the garden in the most convenient position, provided, of course, that it is not in the shadow of buildings or screens. A popular idea in the past was to construct a frame as a lean-to on either side of a north-south greenhouse or on the south side of an east-west one.

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