Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full

• Sacramento radio host Farmer Fred Hoffman, author of "Farmer Fred Rants," tackles drip irrigation's perplexing dilemma: How long do you water?

"Ninety percent of all plant problems are water-related, either too much or too little. Compounding the problem: Gardeners who are operating a drip irrigation system but using a sprinkler mentality.

"Callers to the radio show, after describing a plant problem, will be asked: 'How are you watering that plant?' More often than not, if the answer is, 'drip irrigation.' They will follow that with, 'And I run it for five minutes a day, every day.'

"And therein lies the problem. A drip irrigation system puts out water much slower than a sprinkler system, usually a gallon or two an hour vs. a sprinkler system's output of a gallon or two a minute. In five minutes, a 1 gallon-per- hour drip emitter will put out about 10 ounces of water, slightly more than a cupful. … With a drip irrigation system, don't think minutes. Think hours."

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