Irrigating/watering "cottage" garden

Emerald Hills, CA(Zone 9b)


I've planted my cottage & potager type gardens. It's been fun to hand water the babies - it's my favorite early morning ritual, but now that the gardens have been in place for a year or two, it's time to think about irrigation - the yard is too big to hand water long term.

A large part of my yard is xeriscape plants & I put a sprinkler out once a week for them - easy peasy. However, I have several beds which are ornamentals and/or ornamental/herb/veggie mixes & I've planted a lot of self-seeding flowers, so they'll grow where they want. Since I prefer the cottage style & there are no neat rows of plants or empty spaces, my limited knowledge leads me to believe that drip irrigation isn't ideal. The potager type beds are triangular, so I can't imagine a type of sprinkler that I can use, temporarily, which wouldn't waste a tremendous amount of water. I live in Northern California, where we have perpetual drought conditions.

I'd love to have some suggestions about irrigation methods you've used/installed in your cottage gardens.

Please feel free to direct me to any past threads which discuss this or a different forum, if appropriate. I don't want people to have to repeat themselves.

Thanks in advance!


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