Well not all of them – not that I have that many worries, but I have been deeply concerned about the upcoming summer and the need to keep my garden hydrated.
The first spot of good news is my laptop has been fixed – under warrantee and I have a brand new motherboard, whatever that does. But it must be pretty important or they’d have called it a fatherboard! It is so good to have all my stuff back in one place!
But back to the water issue. You may recall (click here) I spent a great deal and time and effort last summer trying to figure out how to automatically water my garden without having to lift a finger. I drew maps using online irrigation calculators. I measured my water flow with buckets and I even went to the trouble of getting myself wet in the process.
I learnt that I could fill an 8L bucket in 27 seconds which gives me a water pressure of 16L per minute. This is after four 30 metre hoses deliver the water from the tap to my garden! I still don’t know if this is good or bad, but I really should find out or ask someone as it seems to be pretty important when seeking the right irrigation solution. I also discovered the system I was looking at was well beyond my financial means and possibly that of a small island nation.
So I gave up and went back to my old system. A wind up manual timer on my hose set for fifteen minutes. And then I set the timer on my phone and when it beeped I moved my hose into another bed and reset all the timers. Bearing in mind I have 30 beds. This can take all day and is rather annoying to be interrupted every 15 minutes. But the thing is I can’t just have one or two big sprinklers taking care of the lot because some plants don’t like to be watered from above because they will get blight, downy mildew or some other nasty lurgy. And of course I really don’t want to be wasting my water spraying it about willy nilly.
So I set myself up with a wee rotation system where the garden was divided into 6 groups and each one got watered deeply once a week. My swamp soil is wonderful. It takes that water and hangs on tight, like a big giant sponge. And it worked well enough – well until the summer holidays…
My wonderfully un-gardener house sitter was under strict instructions on how to water the garden, however her holiday was plagued with an alarm every 15 minutes. “Come and stay in the country” we said. “It would be relaxing” we said. I don’t think she wants to come back this summer.
So I need a solution. And today I saw something that made my heart skip a beat. Oh my goodness it was amazing. And of all the products there were to see it was this that caught my eye and instantly became my latest must have. It has been only been 3 hours since I set eye on this wonderful thing and I have already told people it is my new favourite thing. My birthday isn’t until October. I couldn’t possibly wait that long. I must have it now. The problem is it isn’t out yet… I must wait.. I shall count the days.
This thing you may ask? – well let me tell you… It is the latest, and in my opinion greatest product of the new Gardena product range! I was lucky enough to have been invited to come and see their 2014 Garden Innovations and it was there I set my eyes on the Water Distributor Automatic. But this is no ordinary watering system – it is for fully automatic control of up to 6 watering accessories! Hooked into one of their new timers I can set and forget each group in my garden. Pure genus.
Having solved this watering delivery dilemma, I just have to fine tune things at the other end to apply the water onto the actual garden – but I’m on to it!
I must be a unique individual be excited about hoses, but the good people at Gardena are about so much more – there are things for my grass. I think it would be stretching it to say my lawn… and gardening tools, so many lovely gardening tools. Oh you should have seen them! So now I am home from the excitement of it all I shall sit down with brochures and add many great things to my wish list while enjoying the lovely muffin they gave me to take home. Thank you so much Gardena for inviting me.
Come again soon – I only have 4 beds to go and the garden is clear of all trace of weeds. I have never been this spring ready before ever!
Sarah the Gardener : o )