Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vertical Gardens

Vertical Wall Garden at Bay Meadows in San Mateo, CA
Whether you’ve run out of gardening space, or have seen one and just think they're plain cool, you may have toyed with the idea of creating some form of vertical gardening. Perform a web search on the term and you’ll find examples of all kinds of vertical gardening from across the country and around the world. That’s because vertical gardens are an ideal opportunity to think outside the planter box.  In other words, anything goes, so long as it goes up.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Growing Melons without Draining the Tank
(or Breaking the Bank!)

Watering Melons with Drip Tape at Lopez Island Kitchen Gardens

If you love melons (and who doesn't), you may be surprised to find out that growing them doesn't require as much water as you might think. While the young plants like plenty of water for the first month or so, cutting back to a deep watering once a week will keep the plant thriving and improve the flavor. On the other hand, excessive watering or poorly draining soil will quickly promote root rot, so don’t make the mistake of killing your melons with kindness.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Drip Irrigation on a Slope

Saracina Vineyards

There are many types of slopes, from gently undulating backyards and rolling hills to precipitous mountainsides. By necessity, many growers have to garden or farm on uneven terrain, forced to terrace their land or take advantage of natural benches. Fortunately, drip irrigation can provide an even flow in these situations through the use of pressure compensating drip emitters. Whether you have an orchard, a vineyard, a farm, a rural home, or a house in town, here are some DripWorks solutions to watering on uneven or sloping terrain.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dreaming about a Pond?

Backyard Tranquility

There are so many reasons to build a pond. Perhaps you want a pleasant place to take a dip and cool down on a hot afternoon. Maybe you’re looking to bank some winter rain for irrigating an orchard or vineyard. Or maybe a pond is the ideal focal point for your landscape or garden. After all, a pond doesn’t have to be huge. Using as little as 50 to 500 gallons of water, you can place a pond in your yard and create your own calm oasis.

Friday, May 16, 2014

10 Items to Consider for your Drip Irrigation System

Every project requires a particular set of tools. Here are a few we feel everyone-from drip irrigation 'newbies' to irrigation masters-might want to have in the garden. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beauty in the Garden

Chive Flowers in Our Garden
With Mother's Day just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate beauty in all its forms by showing you a few pictures of our garden in its present state. In the DripWorks Demonstration Garden we try to inspire our visitors by showing how easy it is to set up a garden and use drip irrigation. Located just outside the door of our retail store, this tranquil setting has benches and tables for you to relax and enjoy our pond and waterfall. A beautifully landscaped area sits nearby where trees and shrubs enjoy the morning sun, afternoon shade, and a cooling drink from our gravity fed drip system. In all, a pleasant place to wait while your order is being packed.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries, Oh My!

Raised Strawberry Bed

Though small in stature, the humble berry is a giant when it comes to nutritional value. Loaded with phytochemicals that protect cells, they are ounce for ounce one of the best foods you can grow!