I have installed and use an automatic drip watering system on my flowers and herbs. Besides being techy and mechanical so it’s fun, it also really makes a difference. Sometimes we get rain and cool days and the plants do just fine. But when we get the long stretches of heat with no moisture, it can really take a toll on the potted plants. The herbs especially do not like dry and hot weather, it seems. Anyway, it is fun to know that watering is taking place every morning and that the plants are getting their daily dose of water.
I had to experiment for awhile but it seems the plants do best with a 45 minute watering each morning around 7am before it gets too hot. The drips are placed at the base of each plant – I notice that the water doesn’t pool and run over but, rather, it slowly soaks into the soil around the base of the plant. Very little water, if any, is wasted due to pooling and runover. The soil is never sopping wet but is usually moist to the feel. Sweet!
It is kind of neat to be out when the dripping first begins – the controller does a slight clunk to open the water valve and then the system gurgles and sputters and hisses for a minute or so until all of the air is out of the piping and then the system quietly purrs for the next 45 minutes. When finished, the controller clunks shut and waits for the next day.