• How will your plants cope while you’re on holiday this summer?

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Apr 21, 2017

    There are certain things we always like to check before we go on holiday; no one likes to come back home to find milk past it’s sell-by date or dry, wilted houseplants in need of some TLC.

    But how much thought do we give to the well-being of our garden plants while we’re away on holiday?

    One solution is an automatic, solar-powered irrigation kit that will make sure your fruit, vegetables, flowers, containers and greenhouse plants are kept hydrated while you are on the beach.

    Powered by daylight – these watering kits will automatically adjust so that in warm, sunny weather they water for longer and when it is dull and cold, they water for shorter periods. The water is supplied from either an adjacent water butt or from a smaller reservoir, so that you can recycle collected rainwater.

    Irrigatia Automatic Watering Kits















    Irrigation kits can use up to 90 per cent less water than a hose because it drip-feeds water to the plants regularly, without wasting a single drop.

    It means one less thing to worry about whilst you’re on holiday, knowing your irrigation kit is set up ready to go, and your plants are getting precisely the right amount of water that they need to flourish.


  • It may be raining now, but it's time to plan your watering regime for the summer

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Mar 08, 2017

    It may well be pouring with rain as you look out of the window and the water butts will be lapping around their tops but it won’t last! By mid-summer you may well be feverishly watering and hoping there is no hose-pipe ban. So, do something about it, now.

    The trouble with automatic and timed watering systems, particularly in glass houses, is that they do not take account of the needs of the plant. They plod on throughout the day delivering a pre-determined volume of water, regardless of whether or not the plant needs it.

    Irrigatia automatic watering system

    A NEW WAY TO WATER

    But times have changed – quite literally. Solar powered watering systems provide a unique and economic way to water such moisture demanding crops as tomato, sweet peppers, aubergines and lettuce.  Because they are powered by day-light, they automatically adjust so that in warm, sunny weather they water for longer and, conversely, when its dull and cold, the watering time is shorter.

    The science is in the photo-voltaic panel that delivered the energy to the system and, just like the larger versions on house roofs, they harness the daylight and sun. The water is supplied either from an adjacent water butt or from a smaller reservoir that can be purchased with the solar kit.

    Now is the ideal time of year to start thinking about how you want to water your plants in the summer. It means one less worry knowing your irrigation kit is set up ready to go, and whether you are at home or on holiday, your plants are getting precisely the right amount of water that they need to flourish.



  • Vertical Gardening – an innovative approach

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Dec 22, 2016

    Regardless of where you live, we believe you can take advantage of some of the many benefits vertical growing offers.

    Reasons to grow vertically:

    1. The advantages of vertical gardens (or living walls) really come into their own in small spaces.  They are an innovative way of adding decoration to walls, fences and even garden sheds effortlessly, and can really enhance the architectural beauty and aesthetic value of your home environment.   
    2. Vertical gardens are easy to mount and maintain.
    3. They allow you to grow more plants and really maximise the space you have.
    4. There are health benefits also.  Vertical gardening enables you to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers without ever bending or getting on your knees - ideal for gardeners who suffer from back and knee problems!
    5. Saves time! Less work is involved when preparing vertical gardens - no digging is required.
    6. Uses less water because in many vertical gardens, water is recycled through the planting system. 
    7. When combined with an Irrigatia solar powered watering kit the main issue that used to be associated with vertical growing is overcome.  Irrigatia systems can water up to 5m in height and drippers are attached to the top row of pots, which then filters down through the drainage holes into the pots below.  Any excess water is then collected in the drainage trough and collected for easy recycling.
    8. Vertical gardens are an easier way to protect your plants from soil-borne pests.
    9. With vertical growing, you have the flexibility to move your plants to better take advantage of light and air circulation.
    10. Vertical gardening = higher yields.  Growing vertically increases vegetable production because of better air circulation and sunlight reaching more of the foliage.

    Vertical gardens clearly offer more than just space saving.  And even though its winter, it’s not too soon to plan your new vertical garden project for next spring.  www.irrigatia.com/vertical-growing

    Garden Picture Kit

  • DON’T LET IT RAIN ON YOUR PARADE!

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Nov 01, 2016

    Getting your glasshouse ready for winter.

    The tomato, cucumber, aubergine and sweet pepper plants – all of them ideal for watering with the Irrigatia solar powered system – are now coming towards the end of their useful life so use this as a wake-up call to get the glasshouse ready for winter.

    After you have harvested your fruit and vegetables and lifted the plants, carefully remove the Irrigatia system and flush it with clean water then hang it up in the greenhouse for the winter. Leave the controller in place and switched on to number one to maintain a minimal charge in the batteries.

    Water butts and barrels should be thoroughly cleaned in January or February, after the autumn rains have washed rubbish off roofs, and whilst there is still plenty of rain to come.   Make certain the inlet filter is clean and properly in position, 10cm above the bottom of the barrel.

    Autumn/early winter is the ideal time to clean the inside and outside of the glass in the greenhouse.  Clear out plants, weeds, pots, trays and anything else that can harbour pests and diseases.   A hosepipe, brush and cheap car shampoo (no wax) does a good job inside and out.  Use a sprayer to apply dilute shampoo, brush thoroughly before rinsing with a jet from the hosepipe.  Remove moss with a wooden stick.   As an added prevention to infection from pests and diseases, you can spray interior and external surfaces with a dilute greenhouse disinfectant.

    In dry conditions try to stop leaks in the roof glass.  One way is to use a special clear, self-adhesive tape available from traditional iron-mongers.   If you have sliding doors, give the runners a spray of aerosol lubricant.

    Don’t use your greenhouse as a store cupboard.   Before you know where you are it will be time to be getting the seed trays out in readiness for the 2017 greenhouse crops all, of course, watered using the Irrigatia solar powered watering system.

  • Love Your Garden

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Jul 25, 2016

    We were delighted to donate an Irrigatia system to Love Your Garden.  The team headed to Bolton to surprise 39 year old RSPCA officer, Caroline Hall, and transform her garden into an animal friendly retreat.  We hope Caroline will enjoy the benefits of using a solar automatic watering system to naturally deliver to her plants their liquid needs.

    http://www.itv.com/hub/love-your-garden/2a1173a0046

    https://loveyourgarden2.wordpress.com/suppliers/suppliers-episode-4-tuesday-19th-july-2016/

  • Top Award for Leeds Allotment Society

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | May 05, 2016

    Many congratulations to Leeds Allotment Society (sponsored by Irrigatia) for picking up a TOP award at the Spring Harrogate Show.  Leeds Allotment Society were awarded Premier Gold for their show garden with the theme being VE Day Celebrations.  As part of this they displayed a ‘Dig for Victory Allotment Garden.’

  • It’s show time!

    by Aroonaa Sharrma | Apr 07, 2016

    Preparations are in full swing as we gear-up for the Harrogate Flower Show (21st – 24th April 2016) where for the first time we will be displaying all our new vertical garden systems.

    The Irrigatia range of innovative vertical gardens are ideal for adding decoration to walls, fences and even garden sheds, whilst also increasing the amount of plants that can be grown in small areas.

    We will have some fantastic vertical garden displays on show including the Picture Garden Kit, Vertical Fruit & Veg Garden and Vertical Herb & Flower Garden, plus we will be offering 20% discount for show purchases – so don’t miss out and visit us on stand C12 (just inside the blue gate main entrance and in front of Picnic Piazza).

    We hope to see you there!

    Harrogate
  • How to create a weed free bed to sow your seeds in

    by harish reddy | Dec 18, 2013

     

    What you need:

    • A suitable patch of ground – a raised bed is good!
    • A length of geotextile that fits your bed or the area you wish to use
    • Weights – we used bricks
    • An Irrigatia Sol-K-12 pump system with additional seep hose kit
    • Water pipe
    • Netting – we used scaffold netting as very little gets through (although carrot flies do sadly!)
    • A nearby source of water – a rain water barrel is ideal.

     

    Step 1: Choose your bed!  We chose one which had manure put on in autumn and covered with geotextile. We made a series of grooves in the rotted manure layer about 2inches wide, 1.5 inches deep and about 8 inches apart.

     

    farmyard manured bed

     

     Step 2: Starting at one end lay the geotextile and anchor it down with some weights. Push it into the grooves. Use a weight to stop the geotextile being pulled back out of the formed grooves - moving it along as you work.

     

     starting to lay geotex

     

    Step 3:  Tuck the sides neatly into the edge of the bed.

     

    Step 4: Set up your Sol K-12 pump unit and attach the inlet tube to a nearby water butt – ours goes into the integral water reservoir underneath the bed. From the pump outlet lay a header tube with 12 drippers lined up with the end of each groove. 

     

     

     

    Step 5: Add a length of seep hose onto each dripper (no more than 1 metre long). Add a stopper to the other end and stake down next to the side of the bed.

     

     

     

    Step 6: Cover the seep hose with compost and sow your seeds.  Don’t forget to label them!! Give an initial water with a watering can and set the pump system running.

     

    compost

     

    Step 7: Cut your water pipe to make hoops to stretch across the bed and push them firmly in (you can use a piece of bamboo or a thin metal pipe to slip them over if you like).

     

    scaffold netting put on

     

    Cover the hoops with scaffold netting, weighted at each end with bricks and fix it to the sides of the bed.

     

    Hook only velcro fixed to the side of the bed using a staple gun.

     

     

     

    Additional ideas:  We sowed lots of seeds for later transplanting, but also sowed alternate rows for plants to be cropped in situ so they should fill the gaps when the transplants are taken out.

     

    And finally!
    Here are the germinated seedlings which have been well watered and protected from most flying insects and other pests by the scaffold netting!

     

    Picture above was taken on 5th June - now see the picture taken on 19th June - amazing   results!