I just built a new planter and have finally got the plants in. There’s a combination of tomatoes, squash, peppers, chilis, pole beans, corn, onions, lettuce, broccoli and carrots.
…A little late for SoCal but it is what it is…
Now on to the question. I set this up with Rain Bird 2gph drippers and currently just have it running each day for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, similar to what I used to do at my old house with flood bubblers. The soils seems to be staying moist for sure and the plants are starting out well.
Going forward it will get much hotter here, up into the 100’s for days on end some weeks in the summer and then between the high 80’s and 100 the rest of the summer. I want to use flex zones but am not sure how to set that up as “Vegetables” is not a choice. I was thinking of perenials but am not sure. Also, as far as drippers, the input is in in/hour but the drippers are rated in gallons per hour so how to convert this? I assume that the area, can just be input as the overall square footage of the beds themselves.
Should I even bother with flex zones or just keep watering every day? currently it puts out about 70 gallons per day which works out to 280CF or 2.8HCF (billing units). Even if I bump into tier 3 at around $5/HCF that is still only $14 a month but it would be nice to keep in tier 2, which I was well below before this planting due to the Rachio keeping my water use barely into tier 2 and sometimes even in tier 1.
Side note: our water district has an app on their website that allows you to compare your usage with those nearby and I consistently score in the top 10, 5 even, since getting the Rachio.