A Method for Everyone
By Tom Harris, Ph. D. and Ron Csehil
Foreword by Dr. Calvin Finch
Drip Line Gardening (DLG) is not a new concept, but a new approach to gardening in its many forms. It’s an adaptation of several types and approaches to gardening into one easy-to-learn and easy–to-use gardening system. DLG combines several proven gardening principles with a systematic approach to planting, spacing, watering, and maintenance...plant-spacing being the major emphasis.
This is an easy-to-read book with little-to-no technical jargon and is written for the novice as well as the experienced gardener. Reviewers say that the photographs in book are what make all the difference.
Drip lines can be used in raised beds, existing in-ground beds, new beds, old beds, remote beds, containers, buckets, flower beds, herb beds, rose beds, in the greenhouse, on the patio, on the front porch, or basically anywhere water is needed for plants.
The book demonstrates the ease of installation, maintenance, and setup for vegetable gardens, shrubbery, trees, flower beds, pots, and hanging baskets. Temporary and permanent uses are also discussed.
Drip Line Gardening is the most efficient and effective watering system available to gardeners and can save a great deal of water from the water supplier thereby cutting the water bill.
Price - $55 including sales tax, shipping and handling.
Don't limit yourself too much but also, don't overburden yourself with a bunch of gardens that will become abandoned quickly. You might want to start off with only one bed and add others later.
Oh, and by the way, the beds don't have to be square or rectangular. Whatever looks good to you is right. We personally always think in rows and columns—if you know what I mean. Try to keep the width of the beds to about four feet if you can because you can reach half way through it.
On the graph paper you can identify which plant goes where. Be sure to do all this in pencil (or on the computer) so you can erase and/or change it later. A note here: get a good plant book, read the sticker/label on the plant, or go on the Internet and see how big the plant will be when it’s fully grown. That’s a key element to keep from planting a crape myrtle just 2-3 feet from the house, for example. That crape myrtle could get to be 20 feet in diameter and 25-30 feet tall. It would be rubbing on the house in just a few years. Also, if you do some research, you can get a good idea of how close you can place the plants together to make a real show piece with a mass planting (many of the same plants put together to completely fill a space).
By the way, be sure to keep the plant sticker/label so that you can refer to it later. After the plant dies, of course, you can throw it away or keep it and write on the back of it how the plant did for you. Then you’ll know which one to look for next time. An alternative to this would be to keep a record of some type on a calendar or in a journal. (Go to page 3 on our website to see the Calendar/Journal publication www.thehillcountrygardener.com).
In addition, when you draw the beds on graph paper, you can draw them to scale; i.e., decide how much space each square represents and write it down in the lower right-hand corner. If your scale is one square equals four feet, then a plant that is four-feet wide will take up one square. If you’re planning the bed along the driveway or sidewalk and the length of the bed is 20 feet, then you’ll know that it takes 5 bushes that are 4 feet wide to fill in that space.
The way this helps is that you avoid putting the plants too close together. The reason this happens oftentimes is that the plant may only be 10-12 inches in diameter in the pot you buy it in, but it says on the tag that it will be 4 feet in diameter when it’s fully grown. When many people see the little plant and don’t read the label, they figure that they need to plant them about a foot or so apart to get a full covering when the plants are fully grown.
WRONG! Read the labels and/or do a little research before you buy and especially before you plant those bushes or trees in the ground.