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Committed to saving you Water, Time and Money since 1992
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6 Tips to Winterize Your System
The time to put most gardens to bed is drawing closer as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. As we savor our garden’s bounty by canning, drying, freezing, and eating the wonderful fruits and vegetables, we must keep in mind that an unexpected frost might be on its way.

In most parts of the country there is a real concern about freezing and frost damage to a drip system during winter. There are two areas of concern: the beginning of the system (timer, valves, and filter) and low spots in the system where water may settle.

1. Battery timers, filters, and regulators should be brought indoors with the batteries removed from the timers.

2. When the battery timer is removed from the faucet and system, use the HPLUG to plug the beginning of the mainline tubing or use a plastic bag over the opening. Do not leave the lines open.

3. After the main water supply is shut off, open all manual valves and set automatic valves to manual open. Remove all end fittings, drain any water, and then loosely replace the ends.

4. In flat areas elevate the mainline to make sure all water drains out of the fittings.

5. For low spots in the mainline tubing, either use a flush valve or insert a basic emitter at the lowest point.

6. Another practice is to blow compressed air through the lines after opening the end cap.

To protect your late summer garden and extend your growing season, a protective lightweight row cover material such as Agribon protects early and late season crops from both wind and frost. It can be placed over your veggies and weighted down with wood or metal stakes. Heavyweight galvanized loop hoops are available to help support the row cover fabric.
Cody is an employee and used the produce which we grow for employees to make this tasty salsa.

Here is one of his salsa recipes to spice up your harvest. The tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers are from the Dripworks demonstration garden.

For a chance of all year gardening Dripworks offers hoop houses and Solexx greenhouses. Check them out at Dripworks.com. http://ow.ly/i/nHsG2 http://ow.ly/i/nHsG8 http://ow.ly/i/nHsGj http://ow.ly/i/nHsGz http://ow.ly/i/nHsGR http://ow.ly/i/nHsH3 http://ow.ly/i/nHsHf http://ow.ly/i/nHsHx http://ow.ly/i/nHsHL http://ow.ly/i/nHsJx
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TO A LOT OF PEOPLE drip irrigation can be confusing or even a little intimidating. Since the beginning DripWorks has always worked to educate our customers of the importance drip irrigation and its use. The following information is a brief history of irrigation and how it’s evolved.

Ancient Drip Irrigation
The origins of irrigation can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who in the 6th millennium BCE developed the technique known as “flood irrigation” by creating a network of canals to channel water from the Nile to their gardens. There is also evidence of irrigation systems arising in China during the same period and subsequently in the Andes of Peru during the 4th Millennium BCE and parts of ancient India in the 3rd millennium BCE.

Reference to the use of buried porous clay pots that wept water into the surrounding soil goes back thousands of years in Egypt and China, and is considered the first form of drip or trickle irrigation (aka micro-irrigation).

Modern Drip Irrigation
Earthenware Pottery is the art of handicrafts in Thailand.
The roots of modern day drip irrigation (pardon the pun) can be traced to the 1860, when systems of clay pipes were developed in Germany for combination drainage/irrigation systems, and were used soon after in Afghanistan in 1866. In the 1920’s this idea was expanded upon (again in Germany) utilizing a system of perforated clay pipes. The use of plastics after WWII led to the invention of plastic pipes with long flow paths by Austrian Hannis Thill and a decade later to the development of the first plastic emitter by Simcha Blass of Israel.

Though many point to one person or another as the “Father of Drip Irrigation”, it is clear that the road to present day drip irrigation method was built by more than one individual. As Dr. Daniel Hillel, recipient of the 2012 World Food Prize for his role in conceiving and implementing improved methods of food production with “micro-irrigation”, said: “No one person invented drip irrigation.”

Present Day Drip Irrigation
Today there is a huge variety of drip irrigation methods from which to choose: individual emitters and drippers, misters, micro-sprayers, mini-sprinklers, emitter tubing, and drip tape. In addition, there is an entire realm of filters, pressure regulators, water timers, fertilizer injectors, tools, and accessories available to help install and maintain a drip irrigation system.

With drought in many parts of the country being a serious issue, drip irrigation has become even more relevant. If you’re looking for a way to take action and reduce your water consumption, there is no quicker way to see results than installing a drip irrigation system.

Since the time of the Egyptians, irrigation has been used to water crops that feed us all. As drip irrigation has evolved, it has become the most popular and efficient way to save water, time, and money. http://ow.ly/i/nHs4Y http://ow.ly/i/nHs4m http://ow.ly/i/nHs4E
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This year DripWorks is proud to be celebrating our 25th year in business and have worked hard to become the industry leader of irrigation products. Located in Northern California, Drip Works provides quality drip irrigation supplies, equipment, and outstanding customer service. Drip irrigation is an easy way to save time, water, and money. Drip irrigation uses 30% to 50% less water than conventional irrigation methods. Believed by many to be the world’s most valuable development in agriculture, drip irrigation is the key to water conservation. As a result of its water saving effect, the use of drip irrigation is less expensive, greener, and if installed correctly, a plant-saving option for watering.

Drip Works prides itself in providing quality irrigation products and customer service to our customers. Any unused parts and tubing can be stored away in your shop or garage and will be there when you need it. DripWorks Irrigation products can be used from the beginning of the growing cycle to the day of harvest to deliver a precise amount of water when and where you need it.

In addition to the quality products DripWorks offers, we take pride in the relationships we continue to build with our customers. DripWorks website www.dripworks.com has the tools and information needed to help the customer design their irrigation systems. You can watch irrigation installation videos, read the free drip planning guide, and review a gallery of plans along with many other tools to help you design your own system.

DripWorks also has Customer Service Representatives (CSR’s) available year round to answer customer questions, take orders, and provide information to help customers choose the irrigation parts that best fits their need. We also offer live chat so customers can get instant feedback with any question they have.
A large percentage of our product are made in the USA and our tubing is made right here in California. Mix Rite fertilizer injectors and our Galcon controllers are from companies in Israel, where irrigation was developed.

DripWorks takes its role in their community seriously and contributes as much as they can to many different groups (i.e. Schools, Community Gardens, and Master Garden Clubs etc.). We also offer discounts to 4 H, FFA members, and other community groups.

If you have any questions, need more information, or to place an order you can go to our website at www.dripworks.com or call us at (800) 522-3747. You can also email us at support@dripworks.com. We are truly looking forward to helping you maximize your yield, and save water, time, and money in the process.

At DripWorks we believe sustainability is the key to a brighter future for all of us. Water conservation and natural organic farming practices will create a healthy garden no matter what crop you grow. http://ow.ly/i/nHrxO http://ow.ly/i/nHry9
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Today, March 22 is World Water Day.  Nearly 25 years ago, the United Nations recommended an international observance of water in effort to raise awareness of our dependence on this critical resource.  Each year this campaign for awareness adopts a different theme.  We here at DripWorks find this year’s theme very appropriate for our own 25th year in the irrigation business because the theme this year is “Water and Jobs.”  The goal this year is to shine a spotlight on the labor rights and practices of workers in all water-related industries worldwide.

Here are some simple ways you can reduce your own water consumption: 
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5% OFF Timers, Fertilizer Injectors and Select Accessories plus a FREE Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy on orders $149+. Use code: TFS16. Expires 3/10/16
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Starting your veggies from seed? In this blog, Leon explains his process for germinating seeds for the demonstration garden.

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