This is a Lady Bell pepper in its cage in the big garden. If you look close at the interior you can see the drip hose, at the upper right, running across the top of a dead leaf and pointing directly at a green leaf. This is how the big drip system works, each plant gets its own tiny faucet and a house to shelter it! The system will cycle twice a day at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It has 3 zones with electric valves and 20 psi pressure reducers. It is equipped with 2 gallon per hour emitters running for 25 minutes per cycle. Around the outside of the cage you can see the woodchip mulch that was spread 2 years ago. It has decayed from an 8″ thick layer to about 4″, but it’s still enough to conserve the recent moisture we had even though we’ve had some heavy wind combined with 100 degree heat!
If there was only a single thing that I was allowed to recommend to do in a garden, it would be the use of mulch! It’s usually free for the price of a little sweat and it takes no special skills to use it.