|Happy, thriving trees!|
Eighteen years later, I have quite a garden growing. I just installed some new garden beds this past weekend with the help of my kids, and now have an abundance of gardening space. Additionally, I have 14 fruit trees, with more being planted every year.
I can't say that I'm inherently a great gardener. I regularly struggle with things like forgetting to check the sprinklers to make sure they're working, and fertilizing trees later than is recommended. But through the years I've absorbed as much information as I can from people a lot smarter than I am in gardening (more information on that below).
|Valve tapped into a hose bib|
So fruit trees planted inn desert climates need to be watered deeply, which allows them to be watered less frequently. Here's what I do for my trees.
I found the hose bib that I was going to utilize for the irrigation line. It was about 40 feet from my sprinkler timer, so it was within reach to run low voltage wiring for the line (and a lot easier than trying to move the water line closer to the sprinkler box).
I cut into the hose bib line and, using a PVC tee, ran the water line to the tree irrigation valve (pro tip - turn the water off before cutting into the water line [actually, that wasn't a pro tip, but sometimes some of us get so excited that we forget to do this]).
|Bubblers at the base of every tree|
After running the low voltage wire from the irrigation box to the irrigation valve, I was set to begin watering my trees. Now my fruit trees have a dedicated irrigation line that is just for fruit trees. They get watered about every two weeks (10 days in the heat of the summer). The irrigation runs for more than two hours, and my trees could not be happier.
|Baby trees holding their own|
So what exactly am I growing here in the desert? Here are the trees that I currently have:
-ruby red grapefruit
-pink lady apple (x2)
|Citrus season is a few weeks away!|
Now, I need to wrap up with this. This whole thing was my older brother's idea. When I was walking around his yard, I asked Ed what the exposed PVC was for, and he had it around the perimeter of his yard to make it easier to access and add to as his garden expands. So like any good little brother, I totally stole his idea. But at least I gave him credit for it.
If you have any suggestions of trees that I should plant in the Phoenician desert, please send me a message or leave a comment below. I'm always looking for new ideas!