irrigation, garton, one-acre, techniques, garden management, horticulture department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Garden irrigation is becoming a common practice even in humid regions of the United States. This is especially true of commercial gardens, and semi-commercial and private gardeners are rapidly taking up the practice. In humid regions it is not uncommon to have one or more dry periods during the growing season long enough to injure the quality as well as the quantity of the garden crops. One irrigation, if applied at the right time, will often bring the crop through such a period without injury. The water will be pumped in practically all cases and the purpose of this leaflet is to give a general idea of the cost of a small pumping plant and the way to go about securing one that will be satisfactory. Irrigating is not an easy task and it requires intelligent and painstaking planning to distribute water evenly and with a minimum amount of labor. A person who is not a good manager and a willing worker will not be successful at irrigating-even a good sized garden. On the other hand those who are good gardeners and enjoy the work will have no trouble in using a small irrigation pumping outfit under favorable conditions.
Patty, Ralph L., "Irrigating a One-Acre Garden" (1937). SDSU Extension Circulars. 365.