Guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but it just turned spring here, like yesterday, and I haven’t been able to do anything except stare at small green things that are growing in my yard. It makes for very boring blog talk. However, I have been up to a few little projects that you guys might be interested in, like creating a new irrigation system for ma raised bed gardens, installing landscape lighting in my backyard, and watching some very hard working dudes build me new front steps. Patience grasshoppers.
It has taken me everything in my being to come inside and write this post, but you are my internet bros, and I won’t leave you hanging.
So, today I’m talking about how I’m really bad at watering my veggie gardens. In the past, I have been known to either forget to water my gardens (’cause it’s just such a pain to hook up the hose and turn the tap on), OR I’ll turn the water on and forget to turn it off, for like, days. Sorry environment.
My focus for this garden season is to get a handle on watering and general give a shitness. After I sow my seeds, I kind of just let it go, and forget to weed and water. I have decided to go back to good old straight rows, instead of the square foot method (which I had been using previously). For one, I am a crazy person and I much prefer the order of rows, secondly and most importantly is that I can water the garden much more effectively if I have it planted in rows, and thirdly I hope to become a better, more efficient weeder. In the past I would just throw a soaker hose in the garden snaking it back and forth and keeping my fingers crossed that it would water a decent amount of the plants. It didn’t. With this new watering setup, I will ensure that all my plants are getting watered at the roots, and the timer will ensure that I don’t leave the hose running for days and days. Win.
There are three main parts to the system; a soaker hose, a traditional garden hose, and couplers. Basically, use a scissors to snip the hose to yer desired length, this makes it super customizable, bros! There also all sorts of accessories and parts that go with it so that you can make it into whatever cool shape or design you like – you can even add a drip system if you have big plants like tomatoes to water. I do not have plants like this, so the soaker hose seemed pretty tryll for what I was going for. I buried part of my hose under the pathway between the garden bed and the spigot, this means I don’t have to unhook the hose every time I needed to mow the lawn. Also, I added a splitter to the tap so that I could have a dedicated spigot for the veg gardens, and another for everyday watering. ALSO, there is a timer, and that is essentsch for my situation. All I have to do is turn it on for half an hour in the morning when I go on my daily garden inspection. Just like Ron Popeil use to say, “set it, and forget it, budz”. So now we wait and see if it this plan really works, if I am a gardening genius, or if let myself down and still forget to water and weed. Only time will tell.
PS I’m sure I forgot to mention a bunch of stuff, but I’m just so antsy to get back in the garden. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try and answer them. Also, I hope you guys have a great weekend.