I posted recently about the containers at Garden on Sherlock Street. A number of you were concerned about how much time it takes me to water all of them. So, I waited for a sunny, dry, windy, hot day to time myself. I knew after a day as described, all the containers would be ready for a drink.
That day was Tuesday.
That day was Tuesday.
This is what Tuesday looked like at Garden on Sherlock Street:
When I got home from work (5:15 pm ish), this is what the thermometer on the patio read:
Hot! I went back in the house and made supper.
After eating supper, changing clothes and starting laundry, I went out to the garden to hunt squash bugs, harvest some carrots and tomatoes, dead head a few flowers and ready the watering process. It was still around 100 degrees, but that's when I had time to take care of the garden. Personally, I don't mind heat too much.
I set a bucket and a watering can (with no sprinkler head) by the rain barrels and noted the time.
I watered all the containers listed in the last review; minus the dead impatiens in the long clay container; minus the cacti collection; plus the new geranium cuttings; plus two sweet potato vine cuttings I've started in the ground in the front yard; plus the hostas; plus my birthday mums which are in two places in the garden (story about them closer to my birthday); plus the clematis; plus some lady in red salvia in the ground; plus the four birdbaths; plus twelve aqua cones by vegetable plants, some basil, some carrots and one lonely kohlrabi. I think that's everything.
See, it doesn't take very long. Now that the plants are established in the containers, I pretty much give them a quick drowning and move on. Simply because of experience with my containers, I know how much water to pour in each one. The water soaks in, a little extra seeps out, the plants feel refreshed.
I haul a bucket of water to containers while the watering can fills. Switch and repeat. It keeps me moving.
When the water in the rain barrel I'm using is getting low, it comes out really slow. I stand in the shade and survey the garden while waiting for a full water container.
When the water in the rain barrel is almost full, it comes out really fast. I also stand in the shade and survey the garden just not as long. Then, I hang up the hose because I won't let a bucket fill unsupervised when it flows very fast. It will run over while I'm off watering. It has happened.
This is what the thermometor read when I went back inside:
My photo is a little blurry. Maybe that's because of the heat. Or, maybe that's because the photographer had been in the heat too long.
Wednesday is suppose to be more of the same.
Wednesday night we have a 50% chance of thunderstorms (hopefully with rain) and then cooler (90 degrees) on Thursday.
Keep your fingers crossed for Garden on Sherlock Street.
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