When it's this hot outside, I hate watering the garden. It doesn't cool down in the evening until long after sunset.
A month or so ago we moved a large water tank near the garden. I've been using the water in the tank to water the garden so I don't have to drag the hose across the yard.
I was planning to use an old hose to make a DIY soaker hose, but hubby bought a real soaker hose for me as a surprise. I hooked it up to the water tank and it works great. Now I don't have to stand in the heat and hand-water the plants.
I cut baling wire in 8-10 inch-long pieces, bent each piece in half, and used them to "staple" the soaker hose to the ground in the configuration I wanted.
The final step was to hook up a water shut-off timer (affiliate link). I bought mine at Amazon but I've seen them in several big-box and hardware stores too. I can set the timer, let the soaker hose water the garden, and the timer shuts the water off after a set amount of time.
Now I can spend the cool mornings working on other projects as well as pulling weeds, inspecting plants for bugs, and harvesting any ripe veggies. In the still-hot evening, I just turn on the spigot and the timer on the water tank, let the soaker hose do its thing, and the shut-off timer shuts it all off for me. I can water daily, which helps prevent the tomatoes from splitting due to irregular watering.
I'm famous for turning on the water spigot to fill water troughs, then walking away to do other things while they fill up and forgetting to turn off the water. Sometimes it runs all day or night before I remember to shut it off. Our water bill always reflects my forgetfulness. I think I'm going to buy a second shut-off timer and put it on the main spigot as well as the one on the garden water tank.
Have you ever left the water running? Ooops!
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