August 10, 2016

The Easy Way to Water the Garden


When it's this hot outside, I hate watering the garden. It doesn't cool down in the evening until long after sunset.

The easy way to water the garden.


This year, since I've realized and admitted that problem, I've been brainstorming ways to work around it. I prefer to water in the evening so the water doesn't evaporate as quickly as it would if I watered in the morning, but it's much hotter in the evening.

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.

A soaker hose is the secret to watering the garden in hot weather.

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.

A soaker hose staked to the ground is the easy and effecient way to water the garden.

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.

A soaker hose allows water to bubble out slowly and sink in the ground at the plants' roots.

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.

A water shut-off timer sends just the right amount of water to the garden.

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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28 comments:

  1. Yes I've left the water running but the sprayer hose was not going. Still I always feel bad about that (don't always tell husband) ha ha. I love your idea about a soaker hose but I would need a big soaker hose for our garden. It's something to think about it. Love your water tank!

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    1. Vickie, I'm hoping that putting a timer on the main faucet - the one that fills the water troughs - will prevent me from leaving the water running. :-)

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  2. I keep dropping hints to the husband about a garden watering system project, but so far he hasn't taken the hint ;) so I need to figure out a good system. We tried soaker hoses last year, but they never saturated the ground, even after hours of running the water. I'm not sure if we just used poor quality hoses or we need more pressure. How long does it take for your watering Kathi?

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    1. I'm guessing it's your water pressure, Michelle. When I was using the main faucet with the soaker hose, I'd let it run for 45 minutes. Now that I'm using the water tank I have to let it run twice that time. I'm using the same amount of water I think, it just takes longer for it to get there. Even just using a regular hose (not the soaker hose) with the water tank, the water comes out of the end more slowly than the rural water comes out of the faucet near the house. That's why the shut-off timer is such a good thing, it turns off automatically.

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  3. Good to know, thanks for sharing your experience Kathi!

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    1. You're welcome, Michelle.

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  4. Great post. Who hasn't overflowed a water trough. Not in many years (unfortunately) but I still remember a few floods. Thanks for sharing this and bringing some fond memories back.

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    1. I like to pretend it didn't happen, but you're welcome, Grantham.

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  5. We also have our water on a timer and it is amazing. Our plants would never get watered if we didn't! Thanks for posting on the #sustainablesunday hop!

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    1. Timers are a wonderful invention, Katy!

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  6. We have never had a water bill and always had well water. However, we have forgotten more than once and left it running too long. We have learned to set a timer on our cell phone to remind us to shut it off. This helps some, but is not full proof as I have had the sound off or put the phone down then walk too far away to hear it. If we run ours tooo long then the water table in the well is so low the pump begins to suck in sediment or even better was at the old house the pump wasn't submerge-able and if it lost it's prime we had to poor water in it to prime the pump to get it started again. I have pondered getting one or two of these water timers.

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    1. I've overlooked the timer on my cell phone a few times too. Ugh, sucking in sediment or having to re-prime the pump doesn't sound like fun at all!

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    2. Glad I have coop water!! Once I flooded house while filling waterbed!! Years ago thank heaven lol!!!

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    3. Eeks, Theresa!

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  7. brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What a fabulous solution! I love how you are using the reclaimed water.

    Thank you for joining us on The Maple Hill Hop today!

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    1. Thank you for hosting the hop, Daisy.

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  9. My 4 year old left the water running one day... I was so sad. I don't get upset over everything, but wasting stuff KILLS me. Anyhow I really need to setup a good drip system from a rain barrel. It's definitely planned. Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays!

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    1. I hope you can get a drop system set up that works great for you, Danielle.

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  10. Don't you love it when your hubby surprises you with a soaker hose! This looks like a great option for watering! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you, Marci - yes, I love surprises like this one!

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  11. I left the water running while cleaning a bathtub once and it went right over the top and though the ceiling. I was not popular! Love this easy way to water the garden - it looks much more comfortable and efficient. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop, Kathi.

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    1. Oh no, April! That could be disastrous!

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  12. That you for the tip! You've been featured in our Homestead Blog Hop #38.

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  13. We have an overhead sprinkler, but I know those soaker hoses might be better. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Hop! This post will be featured next Wednesday!

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