It is still pretty dry at Garden on Sherlock Street. However, we have had a few showers and we aren't baking as much as last summer.
Two good things about not much rain...no mowing because the grass isn't growing and very few weeds as nothing wants to sprout right now.
Our city recently had two things happen which stressed our water supply.
1. A major fire (thankfully no one was killed or injured).
2. A water main burst near downtown because the ground is so dry it is shifting and the shifting put stress on an older water line which broke.
So, with anticipation of tighter watering restrictions in the near future, I've been experimenting with a way to water landscape plants if I can't use the faucets and soaker hoses.
I've seen many ways to use containers with holes in the bottom to let water leak slowly and soak in near a plant's roots. Here's what I think will work for me.
I cut the spout off a milk jug.
I wanted a large opening so I could pour water into it easily.
I put one small slit in the bottom corner under the handle. I had many more and larger slits and holes in some I tested which let the water out way too fast.
The large opening also allows me to sit a clay pot in the milk jug. The clay pot is needed as a weight to hold the jug in place once the water drains. Without a weight, the empty jug would blow away in the wind.
I sit the jug next to a plant. In this case a volunteer morning glory in the vegetable bed serves as the test plant.
Fill the jug with water and walk away.
It worked well.
My plan is to make a handful of these and move them to different plants each day using a bucket or two of bath water or rain water. The plants may not thrive, but hopefully they'll survive to see a wetter growing season eventually.
Most of the vegetable garden has aqua cones in place for this type of watering. They really help. You can read about assembling the aqua cones in a previous post.
In other news, I have the tallest native annual sunflower I've ever grown. The top flower is even with the gutter on the garage. These are getting no extra water.
Garden on Sherlock Street continues to be an oasis for many birds.
This sweet dove wasn't even bothered by me working in the garden as she sat in the shade.
Chances of some good rain in our forecast!
I forgot to point out that we also have very few mosquitoes currently too.
My containers are blooming nicely and we're havesting veggies. While we don't look lush and green, we are still a productive garden.
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