In your home gardens, a timed watering system can make the difference between an okay garden and an awesome crop-producing garden. Thinking that you are a fabulous waterer and can do it yourself is admirable, but even you take off for weekends or weeks in the summer and that neighbor kid, as wonderful as he is, will not do the job you do, and your garden will suffer for it. Even the time that you water matters to your little family of veggies. Regular times are important, and this year’s philosophy, from those in the know, is early morning watering is best. One reason is to prevent mold on tomatoes and other plants caused by watering too late and sending the little babies to sleep with wet hair. Timed automatic watering also conserves greatly on water use. Don’t get me wrong here, I know it is therapeutic to stand there with the hose and ponder the day, but it ain’t helping your garden or the environment.
For first timers or people like me who are not real handy, battery operated timers are a revelation. Hook up some ½ inch tubing to your hose, and all you need to do is poke in the emitters and you’re done. Big garden – carefree summer – what’s not to like?
If you are on campus or in the vicinity of CP, stopping by our garden will make you smile and lower your shoulders a little bit. We are entering peak season for amazing produce in our valley, and the farmers’ markets are loaded with the goods. Currently, bowing farmer tables find cherries, asparagus, apricots, early peaches, early field tomatoes, fresh, astoundingly sweet onions with stalks attached and so much more. Get in tune with alfresco dining, moving into a more relaxing time of year and enjoying our wonderful communities while slowly devouring our gardens’ bounties. Don’t let a little heat scare you off of outdoor activities, just get out on that trail early and bring water. Don’t forget to breathe.