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PLANT WATERING
sa   DRIP IRRIGATION
sa   GRAYWATER COLLECTION & USE
sa   LAWN WATERING
sa   RAINWATER COLLECTION & USE
sa   WATER HOSE & NOZZLE
x   IRRIGATION (PLANT)
x   WATERING (PLANT)
xx   GARDENING
xx   PLANT

How to install a garden watering hydrant.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1976 (v.54#6) pg. 10

How to moisturize plants and lawns for winter.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Nov 1978 (v.56#11) pg. 54

A good soaking. Tips, gadgetry and innovations for watering lawn and garden. Includes a test to determine how long to leave on a sprinkler.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1999 (v.77#9) pg. 176

Tip shows how to bury a plastic milk jug with holes in the bottom to irrigate slowly and deeply.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1999 (v.77#9) pg. 198

Tips on watering a garden, orchard, potted plants, etc.
COUNTRYSIDE Jun 1984 (v.68#6) pg. 33

Tips on irrigating your garden.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jun 1985 (v.69#6) pg. 23

Clay pot irrigation method for the garden described.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1992 (v.76#4) pg. 10

The art of watering your garden. When and how much to water and a look at equipment you can use.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #146 Aug 1973 (v.23#6) pg. 60

How to install an irrigation system that can expand with the garden.
FINE GARDENING #1 May-Jun 1988 pg. 28
Added Info FINE GARDENING #2 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 4

Tip: Five-gallon plastic buckets, with a few holes punched in the bottom, serve as an alternative to hand-watering raised beds.
FINE GARDENING #3 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 8

A look at horticultural practices that can be changed to conserve water.
FINE GARDENING #3 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 77

Managing water in arid gardens. Simple, efficient, economical methods are described by a Tucson gardener.
FINE GARDENING #4 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 15

Tip on bagging potted plants in plastic so that no watering is required for several weeks. Ideal when leaving on a vacation.
FINE GARDENING #15 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 8

Second thoughts on pot drainage. Arguments against placing gravel or other material in the bottom of a plant container.
FINE GARDENING #18 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 8

Tip suggests using capillary matting to water seedlings and houseplants without overwatering.
FINE GARDENING #24 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 8

A temporary self-watering system in the bathtub that keeps houseplants watered while you are on vacation.
FINE GARDENING #30 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 8

How to drain excess water from large plant container trays without wetting the deck.
FINE GARDENING #32 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 8

Techniques for using water wisely for landscapes and lawns.
FINE GARDENING #33 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 12

Tip on using chlorinated tap water on plants.
FINE GARDENING #35 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 18

Understanding the fundamentals of how water moves through soil.
FINE GARDENING #37 May-Jun 1994 pg. 14
Added Info FINE GARDENING #43 May-Jun 1995 pg. 6
Added Info FINE GARDENING #48 Mar-Apr 1996 pg. 6

Easy irrigation. An inexpensive watering system you can really build yourself. How to locate a water line and spigot closer to the garden.
FINE GARDENING #43 May-Jun 1995 pg. 60

Advice on watering plants during the winter and the use of antidesiccants for evergreens.
FINE GARDENING #53 Jan-Feb 1997 pg. 18

An easy way to water plants in the garden when you go on vacation.
FINE GARDENING #55 May-Jun 1997 pg. 10

Tips on watering hanging plants with a squeeze bottle.
FINE GARDENING #58 Nov-Dec 1997 pg. 10

Tip describes a technique for measuring how much water a sprinkling system delivers to a garden.
FINE GARDENING #63 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 12

Advice on how and when to operate sprinkler systems to water lawns and perennial gardens.
FINE GARDENING #67 May-Jun 1999 pg. 74

A controlled system for economical plant watering. Use either indoors or outdoors.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jun-Jul 1982 (v.26#4) pg. 23

How to water your plants properly.
FLOWER & GARDEN Feb-Mar 1984 (v.28#2) pg. 106

Irrigation techniques for the garden. Covers drip systems and underground irrigation.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jun-Jul 1987 (v.31#4) pg. 48

Drainage in solid-bottom plant containers. How to create a system with a false bottom and the use of a pipe and dipstick.
FLOWER & GARDEN Dec 1992-Jan 1993 (v.36#6) pg. 6

Tips for efficient water use in yard and garden.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jun-Jul 1994 (v.38#3) pg. 87

Water wise. Advice on watering lawns and plants (how much, how long, how deep). A look at in-ground irrigation systems, hoses, sprinklers and how to install a drip irrigation system.
GARDEN GATE #10 Aug 1996 pg. 30

Self-watering device for houseplants.
GARDEN GATE #12 Dec 1996 pg. 4

Tips on watering delicate plants and seedlings.
GARDEN GATE #15 Jun 1997 pg. 5

Tip on the use of indicator plants to serve as beacons that the garden needs watering.
GARDEN GATE #16 Aug 1997 pg. 4

Tip on how to slow-water garden plants by partially burying a plastic jug (with a few holes punched near the bottom).
GARDEN GATE #16 Aug 1997 pg. 5

Tip shows how to build a custom watering system for a flower bed.
GARDEN GATE #17 Oct 1997 pg. 4

Technique for getting water all the way to the bottom of a strawberry pot.
GARDEN GATE #19 Feb 1998 pg. 5

Tip suggests submerging a house plant in hot water to help soil absorb moisture and force out air bubbles.
GARDEN GATE #19 Feb 1998 pg. 6

How to make a watering wand from an old broom and a spray head hose nozzle.
GARDEN GATE #21 Jun 1998 pg. 4

Tricks to keep plants watered while unattended.
GARDEN GATE #22 Aug 1998 pg. 5

How to make a removable water catcher to place beneath hanging baskets.
GARDEN GATE #26 Apr 1999 pg. 5

How to make splash-free plant watering funnel from the handle of a plastic milk jug.
GARDEN GATE #30 Dec 1999 pg. 5

How to install flexible plastic tubing to carry water all around your property to make watering the lawn and garden easier.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1980 (v.4#10) pg. 64

First ditch efforts. How planting vegetables in trenches filled with manure and compost can overcome the effects of a prolonged drought.
HARROWSMITH #36 Jun-Jul 1981 (v.5#8) pg. 66

Five experts disclose their midsummer gardening secrets. (1) Late-season schemes to fill the spaces left by spent pea vines. (2) Growing rutabaga. (3) A watering system that functions almost unattended from mid-June to mid-August. (4) Growing annuals for quick color. (5) Endive culture.
HARROWSMITH #68 Jul-Aug 1986 (v.11#2) pg. 35

The art of watering flats of seedlings.
HERB COMPANION Oct-Nov 1989 (v.2#1) pg. 8

Better ways to water your garden. Some tips.
HOME MECHANIX #700 Aug 1986 (v.82) pg. 45

Better ways to water your lawn and garden.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1984 (v.9#6) pg. 72

Tips for summer gardeners. (1) Watering right. (2) Mulching for weed control. (3) Controlling pests without pesticides.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.12#6) pg. 10

Garden heat beaters. Tips on keeping gardens fresh and attractive during the hot, dry days of July and August.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1988 (v.13#5) pg. 8

Tip shows how to make a portable water supply from a metal garbage can with a faucet installed near the bottom.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1978 (v.3#3) pg. 15

Advice on using hydrophilic polymers (compounds that absorb liquid). A descriptions of using them indoors and out, and for cuttings.
HORTICULTURE Dec 1991 (v.69#10) pg. 13
Added Info HORTICULTURE Apr 1992 (v.70#4) pg. 20

Well watered. A discussion of wise irrigation of yard and garden.
HORTICULTURE May 1992 (v.70#5) pg. 19

A world of watering cans. Differences in styles and materials discussed.
HORTICULTURE Jun-Jul 1993 (v.71#6) pg. 62

Simple, low-cost way of watering seedlings uses a homemade version of a capillary mat.
HORTICULTURE Jun-Jul 1995 (v.73#6) pg. 15

Pipe schemes. How to tap a pond, river or stream with a pump and hose as a source for irrigating yard and garden.
HORTICULTURE Jun-Jul 1996 (v.74#6) pg. 58
Added Info HORTICULTURE Dec 1996 (v.74#10) pg. 8

Water where you want it. How to design an inconspicuous, efficient, low-volume irrigation system.
HORTICULTURE Jun 1999 (v.96#5) pg. 54

Tip recommends the water used to boil vegetables to water container-grown plants.
KITCHEN GARDEN #8 Apr-May 1997 pg. 10

How to make a watering wand from a shower head, PVC pipe and a ball valve.
KITCHEN GARDEN #9 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 16

Water ways and means. How to quench your plants' thirst without overdoing it.
KITCHEN GARDEN #9 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 35

Hydrogel. What it is and how to use it in the soil to store water for plants.
KITCHEN GARDEN #15 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 70

Tip show how to make paper rings that help limit moisture loss in potted plants.
KITCHEN GARDEN #16 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 14

Consumers guide to lawn & garden watering equipment.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #612 May 1979 (v.75) pg. 24

Circuit for a moisture monitor for plants. It will sound a "click" every second or two when the soil moisture falls below a preset level.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [1] Mar 1978 (v.1#2) pg. 6

Circular subirrigated vegetable garden using homemade concrete drain tile. Part of the irrigation water management chapter from the Owner-built Home & Homestead series.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #14 Mar 1972 pg. 102

How to build a concrete pond in your backyard to provide water for irrigation.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #52 Jul-Aug 1978 pg. 69

How to use an inner-tube with a short hose attached as a water hauler for watering the garden.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #63 May-Jun 1980 pg. 172

Reduce erosion when using irrigation systems by installing a "softflow" screen to reduce the impact of water as it leaves the irrigation pipe.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #76 Jul-Aug 1982 pg. 52

Watering the garden. When, how often, how much and the tools used. Includes tip on making a rain gauge.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #94 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 28

Suggestions for efficient and effective watering of a garden. Includes tips for conserving water.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #100 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 36

Suggestions on landscaping with vines and bushes to shade and cool a house. Includes a suggestion on a misting system for a shrub-covered trellis and a selection of annual and perennial vines.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1985 (v.6#6) pg. 93

Excerpt from the book "Pedal Power", published by Rodale Press, shows a sketch of an axial-flow hydraulic irrigation pump that is pedal powered.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jun 1977 (v.24#6) pg. 88

How to use newpaper mulch and a soaker hose for once-a-month watering during a water shortage.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1978 (v.25#4) pg. 178

How to handle a mid-spring drought for northern gardens.
ORGANIC GARDENING May 1978 (v.25#5) pg. 44

Wonder Water, an easy-to-prepare special form of water that appears to stimulate plant growth.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1979 (v.26#1) pg. 84

How to raise melons and pumpkins in dry soils by planting them around buried water-filled earthenware pitchers.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1979 (v.26#7) pg. 92

How to make and use Wonder Water, degassed water that increases biological activity.
ORGANIC GARDENING Oct 1979 (v.26#10) pg. 44

Tip: Use plastic golf tubes as a combination plant stake and watering/fertilizing channel.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1980 (v.27#3) pg. 26

Drought-resistant gardening. How to combine irrigation, planting methods, and mulch for a garden that requires less water.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1980 (v.27#7) pg. 62

Pitcher irrigation for dry soil gardens. Using the ancient technique of filling porous pottery and planting in rings around the pots.
ORGANIC GARDENING Nov 1980 (v.27#11) pg. 124

Beat the drought. Well-prepared soil and heat-tolerant varieties give you the edge in a dry season.
ORGANIC GARDENING May 1981 (v.28#5) pg. 58

Easy ways to water. Build a sprinkler, furrow or drip system to do the work for you.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1982 (v.29#7) pg. 50

Tip: Water plants by siphoning water out of garbage cans through hollow plastic jump rope.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep 1983 (v.30#9) pg. 18

Tip: Plastic milk jugs do double duty as hot caps and water reservoirs for transplants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Nov 1983 (v.30#11) pg. 22

Home-built hydraulic drill built from thin-wall conduit and a wooden handle is used to inject water and fertilizer into a tree's root zone.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1986 (v.33#1) pg. 26

Wick system for watering soil blocks from underneath.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1986 (v.33#4) pg. 23

Tip: How to measure how much water a garden has received from an overhead sprinkler.
ORGANIC GARDENING Nov 1988 (v.35#11) pg. 18

Water wisdom. Try these moisture-saving tips to keep your landscape lush. Looks at xeriscaping, simple cistern, gray water, etc.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1990 (v.37#2) pg. 39

Tip on using vinegar to control the pH of water used on bonsai or other house plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1990 (v.37#4) pg. 74

How to use old sewer tiles as water reservoirs in the garden.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1991 (v.38#1) pg. 82

Tip describes an underground irrigation system for tomato plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Feb 1991 (v.38#2) pg. 85

Tips recommend using water from an aquarium to water plants.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1991 (v.38#3) pg. 97

How and when to water a vegetable garden. Chart shows rooting depths of various mature vegetables.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1992 (v.39#4) pg. 38

How to make a "post-hole" sandwich bed to keep dry-climate gardens moist.
ORGANIC GARDENING Nov 1992 (v.39#8) pg. 72

Circuits for gardeners. (1) Soil-monitoring circuit tells the relative moisture of the soil. (2) Control turns an electric water valve off when the soil's moisture content reaches a preset level. (3) Moisture detector that uses AC voltage to reduce electrolysis and corrosion problems. (4) Circuit uses a homemade inductor (instead of probes) to sense soil moisture.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1996 (v.13#7) pg. 69

Galvanized pipes that support a terrace awning serve also to carry water to hanging plants suspended from the awning.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1978 (v.212#4) pg. 109

How plants can water themselves. New developments in self-watering plant containers. What is available and tips on their use.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Mar 1990 (v.5#2) pg. 18

Plant water gauge is constructed on a small piece of perforated construction board and powered by a 9-volt battery. Probes stuck into the soil of a potted plant tell you if it needs water.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jan 1981 (v.52#1) pg. 73
Correction RADIO-ELECTRONICS Apr 1981 (v.52#4) pg. 24

Tips from Marin County, California, on how to gain irrigation water when water supplies run low.
SUNSET Mar 1977 (v.158#3) pg. 240B

How to design a brick canal for watering trees set in a brick patio.
SUNSET Mar 1977 (v.158#3) pg. 110

A look at automatic watering devices that include moisture sensors to turn on in-the-ground watering systems only when soil moisture falls below normal.
SUNSET Jun 1977 (v.158#6) pg. 226D

Tips on ways to reduce the amount of water that you must give to container plants.
SUNSET Jun 1977 (v.158#6) pg. 96

How to design and build your own fogging system for patio, deck or greenhouse.
SUNSET Jul 1981 (v.167#1) pg. 171

Tip: Install underground bubblers to water each individual rose bush. Connect the underground network to your regular garden hose when you want to water the plants.
SUNSET Aug 1981 (v.167#2) pg. 156A

Install PVC pipe arches over raised beds. The arches serve two purposes: (1) Deliver water to plants. (2) Support protective netting.
SUNSET Jun 1982 (v.168#6) pg. 217

How to install French drains for a garden with heavy clay soil.
SUNSET Oct 1985 (v.175#4) pg. 120

Basic information about watering plants. Variations for soil type and root depths discussed. Ways to conserve water are noted.
SUNSET Aug 1986 (v.177#2) pg. 148

A look at what's available in watering cans and factors to consider when purchasing one.
SUNSET Sep 1986 (v.177#3) pg. 76

Three tips for irrigating a vegetable garden.
SUNSET Jul 1987 (v.179#1) pg. 148

How to read your soil's mind. Using moisture sensors to tell you exactly when to water. What is available and tips on installation.
SUNSET May 1988 (v.180#5) pg. 270

Planting for drought conditions. A list of drought-resistant plants which don't require watering. Tips on how much (or little) water you need to give other plants.
SUNSET Jul 1988 (v.181#1) pg. 182

Getting drought-resistant plants off the best start.
SUNSET Oct 1988 (v.181#4) pg. 210

Questions and answers on how to conserve water and still keep a home landscape intact in the arid West. Explains lawn care, irrigation system, protection of landscape and container plants, and ways to save water.
SUNSET May 1989 (v.182#5) pg. 126

Two tips on how to conserve water when gardening on a slope.
SUNSET May 1989 (v.182#5) pg. 226

Five guidelines for planting flower beds and still conserving water.
SUNSET May 1989 (v.182#5) pg. 234

How to water the root zone of a tree.
SUNSET Jun 1989 (v.182#6) pg. 218

Automatic controllers for a home irrigation system. How to choose the right unit and program it correctly.
SUNSET Jun 1989 (v.182#6) pg. 228

80 little things (and one big thing) you can do to save water in the western garden.
SUNSET May 1990 (v.184#5) pg. 234

Smart pots that water themselves. A guide to which houseplants do well in these containers and tips on caring for self-watered plants.
SUNSET Nov 1997 (v.199#5) pg. 86