it's that time
- the heat is hitting hard
- there is no rain in site
- the ground is dry dry dry
- and the garden droops even before the noon hour - looking like heat stroke to me
- windy days don't work - it all dries up before it can penetrate the ground
- middle of the day won't work - ditto double ditto waste waste waste
i stick by my dr. bronner's. it is bio-degradable. it does not contain salt which is bad for plants and dries out the soil. most of all it gets the job done. and if you wanted to add one more plus there are some great naturally scented variations of the stuff. do us all a favor and find a way to re-use your water. once you make it part of your daily practice - you might wonder what ever kept you from doing so.
back to the sprinklers -
the tricky part is watering around the bees. i have to position the sprinkler just right. i don't want it to spray directly into the front or back openings. nor do i want for it to land to heavily around their primary flight paths. in the case of the bee, the early morning and/or later evening watering time slots are best as those are the times when the bees prove less active.
back to saving water - things you might consider for conservation
- rain barrels or a large size rainwater harvesting system
- you can also use garbage cans, large buckets and pails, any old thing that might collect a bit and save a bit of rainwater for later use - when rain hits my area, you'll find me running outside to place each and every one of my galvanized tubs under a spout or a good drippy rain collecting spot.
- composting toilet - i'll be looking into these once i pay off bills a bit further
- a large bowl or bin that fits in your sink to collect used washing liquid - i keep a cheap plastic rectangular bin for the job myself
- timers for your hoses - in case you forget and/or for ease and control - it's no good leaving the sprinklers on alllll day - in fact that's bad, very bad
- fix your dripping pipes and faucets - you'll save more water than you can imagine with this one smooth move
- water only the plants that really need it - i have sprinklers where i can control their range of motion. i target the areas i want to hit and let the others fend for themselves.
- watch the weather - there is no need to water if rain is coming
- set up your garden with slow drip irrigation and/or soaker hoses. i use soaker hoses and keep them buried just under the soil and mulch layer.