A bonus this spring has been the steady rain, not too frequent, like, once a week or so, and somewhere around 1" (2.5cm) each time. Perfect! Still, today, in the middle of a hot, sunny stretch, thoughts turned to water (not that it was ever far from mind). Out came the coils of … [Read more...] about Water pipe
Bit of unusual fieldwork on the menu today, something we don't do every year. Bob and I brought in about 1,000' (305m) of 1" (2.5cm) and 1-1/2" plastic irrigation pipe, that ran all the way from the pond to the gate into the garden field. Why wasn't this done in better weather, … [Read more...] about Bringing in the pipe
In smaller gardens (tinier farms!), hoses are generally a fact of life. In spring, it's time to uncoil them all, check the fittings, and get set to deliver water largely by hand. On BIG veggie farms, "hoses" are usually big pipes (3"/7.5cm and up), part of full-blown … [Read more...] about Tangling with hoses
As far as winter irrigation in the greenhouse goes, melting snow in big barrels is the next best thing to a really long hose, a well and an electric pump. Fill 'em up, cover with clear plastic, wait a day (even on a dull, cloudy day, it gets up to 60°F in the hoophouse). Repeat a … [Read more...] about Making water
It's supposed to rain tomorrow... I'm as skeptical as ever, still, as illogical as it is, you figure it's gotta rain EVENTUALLY, so the longer it's been, the more accurate the latest "60% chance of showers" forecast must be. Until then, we continue the piecemeal irrigation … [Read more...] about Water in the air!