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Irrigation Controllers and Scheduling - 06/26

For many, the topic of irrigation controllers and how to properly use them is an overwhelming mystery. In this class, irrigation expert and owner of Thrive and Grow Gardens, Michael Ismail will help demystify controllers and scheduling and help you understand the role you should be playing as the irrigation manager in your landscape. Here is your chance to finally (and quite literally) take control over the irrigation in your landscape. Your plants, and bank account will thank you!

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Luxury Garden Beds

Our HDPE Luxury raised bed is the elegant choice for your garden. Create an awe-inspiring landscape and enjoy sleek functionality that will last you decades to come. We'll help you build the garden of your dreams!


One-on-one guidance to explore more effective practices, identify issues, and  help you break through with your gardening results. Offering expertise in gardens, healthy desert landscapes, soil, and irrigation.

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Olla Irrigation

Ollas are an incredibly effective and natural method to water your plants, dramatically reducing water use. The use of ollas is a time-honored method for providing efficient irrigation.

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Come learn with Michael in a fun, inspirational  setting as he regularly brings you fresh new content and provides pro-tips that will help you take your gardening game to the next level. 

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We created these fantastic guides to help you become a successful edible gardener in the desert. Enjoy free PDF downloads and  educational videos straight from the garden!


With the purpose of bringing goodwill and positivity, we are inspired to continually reach out to the community to cultivate gardens like this one, that provide health, happiness, and of course, delicious produce!

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Stop Using Bad Irrigation Products: Better Gardening Results with less Water, Time, and Money,

Stop Using Bad Irrigation Products: Better Gardening Results with less Water, Time, and Money,

Proper irrigation is one of the major keys to success in the garden. Most irrigation options are just not good enough. They get clogged easily, fall apart, and start leaking, and they don't distribute water evenly enough. This video is an introduction to the irrigation methods we have discovered based on the extensive experience of Thrive and Grow Gardens owner and irrigation expert, Michael Ismail. There are two main irrigation methods introduced in this video. Netafim drip tubing, as well as irrigation ollas: Netafim drip tubing is the solution to all of the problems people typically face with the surface drip components of their irrigation systems. It holds up great in the sun, doesn't get easily clogged by debris and mineral build-up, and it has built-in pressure compensating emitters so every part of the garden bed will receive the same amount of water. You can purchase Netafim tubing kits at this link to our website: We've made it easy to add Netafim to any garden bed. Just select the width and length of your garden bed, and we will send you a kit with all of the parts you need, with the more complicated parts pre-assembled so that it is easy for you to implement it into your garden bed at home! If you don't see the exact size garden bed in the drop-downs, round up to the nearest 1' and send us a message with the exact measurements, and we will get it just right for you. You can also choose the type of supply line you are connecting to in the drop-down for connectors, and we will send you the correct adapter to hook it up. Common supply lines are 1/2" pvc, 3/4" pvc, and .710 poly tubing. Ollas, (pronounced “oy-yah”), are un-glazed porous clay pots​ buried in the soil with the neck exposed. Once filled, the water seeps into the soil by capillary flow at a rate that provides nearby plants with a constant water source directly at the roots where they need it. Originating in ancient China over 4,000 years ago and still used throughout the world today, the use of irrigation ollas is a time-honored method for providing efficient irrigation directly giving water to the plants planted around it. Ollas are an incredibly effective and natural method to water your plants, dramatically reducing water use. "how much water can I expect to save?" Ollas are incredibly economical, saving around 50 - 80% of the water that traditional watering methods use. Part of what makes ollas so efficient is that they reduce surface evaporation and eliminate drainage past the root zones of plants. Each olla is fitted with a lid to prevent evaporation and critters from falling in. Soil moisture levels achieved using irrigation ollas are ideal and never reach saturation which means no more over-watering. In addition, ollas can: reduce disease increase crop growth speed plant maturity strengthen soil structure maximize rainwater harvesting save you time! Thrive and Grow Gardens has made ollas even more effective and useful in the garden by making them compatible with automatic irrigation systems. Our patent-pending Autofill irrigation olla comes ready to hook up to your irrigation system and has a built-in float valve that keeps it from overflowing. So now, you can save water and not have to manually fill your ollas with this great product! It can also be used to water your landscape plants! You can purchase ollas for your garden by following this link. Local (Tucson Arizona) partners: Worm castings in Tucson Arizona: Inch by Inch Eco Gro in Tucson Arizona: to buy Ollas Tanks Green Stuff: to buy the Thrive and Grow Gardens Blend Soil mix for areas in and around Tucson Arizona. For offsite links to Amazon, Thrive and Grow Gardens is an Amazon affiliate and may profit from purchases through these links. Thank you for your support! Check out what else we're up to! Thrive and Grow Gardens' website features gorgeous custom-raised garden beds, education, and more: Follow Thrive and Grow Gardens on: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Soundstripe Songs Used Amnesia by Ghost Beatz Code: LMYLALALUQGDRGXG
HOW TO USE BOKASHI COMPOST: Using Bokashi Compost to fertilize your organic garden:

HOW TO USE BOKASHI COMPOST: Using Bokashi Compost to fertilize your organic garden:

Have you heard of bokashi composting? This is a fermentation method of composting that quickly turns kitchen waste into soil fertilizer. It is incredibly easy and can be done indoors or out. This is the fastest composting method and produces great results in the garden. Bokashi is a quick and simple way to use your kitchen food scraps to create a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden soil to grow fresh organic produce at the convenience of your own home. Check all the links below to learn more about Bokashi and purchase a kit on our website! In this video, agriculturist Tommie Burch walks you through some common fall gardening practices such as properly removing cover crops, amending and raising the soil level in a raised garden bed using Bokashi compost, and planting seeds and transplants! Even though October started with some unseasonably high temps, our seeds and transplants needed to get started in the soil, we just have to ensure we are protecting our plants from the hot sun with appropriate placement and shade cloth. Stay tuned till the end to see the results! Video Mentions: -Intensive Planting Guide: -Annual Planting Calendar: -Bokashi Composting Method Resource: -Bokashi Compost Kit: -Seeds we use: Check out what else we're up to! -Thrive and Grow Gardens' website Follow Thrive and Grow Gardens on: -Facebook: -Instagram: -Twitter:
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