Author Archives: George Elliott

About George Elliott

George Elliott is an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Connecticut. You can e-mail him at george.elliott@uconn.edu.

Subirrigation: Watering From The Ground Up

The goal for any irrigation system is to deliver water to the growing medium as effectively and efficiently as possible. Effectively means getting the right amount of water into the growing medium. Efficiently means minimizing the amount of water that is lost from the system.  In order to irrigate effectively, an irrigation system must deliver

Hand Watering, Booms, Sprinklers Or Drip?

The amount of water that can be held by the substrate in a given container with a specific irrigation method is the effective water-holding capacity (EWHC). It may be desirable to maintain the moisture content of the medium below EWHC in order to regulate plant growth or reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases. Overall, it

Certifying Sustainability

The term “stakeholders” calls to mind a scene from a vampire movie, with angry villagers about to go after the monster that has been terrorizing them. At the National Sustainable Agriculture Stakeholders Dialogue, sharpened sticks were not in evidence, but several pointed opinions were expressed in presentations and discussions. The conference, held Feb 29 in