Digging Up the Pipeline

A garden needs water. I want to have the water on an automatic system in order to water the plants on migraine days and days when we are away from home.

The previous owner laid a line that goes from the patio/driveway area to the garden bed area. We had new water lines laid out last year – I can now merge those lines.

Trimmed some live oak in my way. That looks like a bush. It’s all clippings.

Came across some big rocks. Some weigh as much as 20 pounds. Good exercise for the day.

 

Checked on the drip system line on the north side of the property. Since I had my clippers with me, I trimmed a bit there too. The delicate flowering tree to the right of the bridge.

To be continued..

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Electric Gardening

Dug out the dirt, down to the rusted wire cloth. About seven 5-gallon containers to get there. Using an oscillating tool to cut the wire away from the cinder blocks.

I’m assuming, at this point, that I’ll be able to pull the remaining wire out from under the cinder block. If not, I’ll just bend them over to reduce opportunity for tetanus. My current immunization is good for four more years.

The oscillating tool is so cool. It works so quickly, and on various surfaces. I think I might be able to use it to carve holes through the concrete in the cinder blocks, so I can put pvc frame in..to turn the beds into mini greenhouses.

No picture of activity of the garden today. Got too dark. I got dirty though!

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! I’m getting coffee grounds (for free!) from Starbucks. BIG bag! The clerks really don’t like making the bag of used grounds; I try to appear super grateful. (“Asking for you to do your job”.)

Next prospective source is local craft beer shops. Hops gets discarded after it’s intended purpose during beer manufacturing.

Link for Bunny Poop for Easy Perfect Soil here.

Exploding Water!

The heat. Gets so that I could only work in the yard by whatever area had shade.

No longer! Mom gave me a spare outdoor umbrella and stand. Made a huge difference today. Thanks Mom!

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The existing drip system runs underground, through pvc, from the Bird of Paradise to the garden beds. I’ll modify that aspect later, as we got new outdoor water faucets installed.

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I’m modifying the system further, at the bed sites, by replacing thin hosing with the standard drip hose. Running the hose to go up and over the edging of the bed, with spickots at each bed.

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Having the spikots up and over the bed edge means I won’t have to  get on my knees to turn on or off water to a particular bed.

Four beds now have water to the beds. Turned on the water to test for leaks. Had four explosions.

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Fixed those.

Next step, run tubing in the Iris bed. Poor plants..down to three in the bed.

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To be continued…