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It’s been just about the driest spring I can remember.  And in our community garden, we’re not allowed to use hoses.  I guess that’s because of the risk of dragging your hose through someone else’s plot and damaging their plants.  So watering has to be done with buckets or watering cans.  We’ve got a wagon that we fill with buckets.  We fill the buckets with water at the spigot, then put the buckets in the wagon and roll our wagon to our plots and put the water on the garden.  We figure the wagon holds about 20 gallons, and it usually takes about two wagon loads to adequately water each of our three plots.  So that’s 40 gallons for 3 plots, equaling 120 gallons each time we water.  And we water about twice a week if it doesn’t rain.  Stephan thinks it could use more water than that, but that most plants can get by with what we give them.

When we water, we really try to drench the soil.  We see some of our gardening neighbors sprinkling their plots with just enough water to make the plot look  wet, but not enough, it would seem, to really get enough moisture to the roots.  (Stephan calls it “the Holy Water treatment” because it’s just a sprinkle.)

If it would just rain a little more often…


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

2 responses »

  1. Mucho trabajo, pero vale la pena. (A lot of work, but worth it.)

  2. It is a lot of work…nice you have a wagon. Good luck with your garden.


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