Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Irrigation solved finally

For the last 4 years Jeannie from Your Home Harvests http://www.yourhomeharvests.com/ and I have been struggling with keeping the entire garden watered.  We have been using a single timer and many hoses and many soaker hoses.  When we tried a three-zone timer the faucet would sing right next to the bedroom.  But then it did that anyway.  Also every year we had to buy new soaker hoses.  We used six hose splitters and the problems compounded.  This year Jeannie suggested I consider getting it professionally done.  I called three landscapers in the area. One never responded, one responded way late and one responded and got the work done before Memorial Day.  That was Mid-Valley Landscape www.mid-valleylandscape.com.  I am delighted!  He understood the needs of a vegetable garden, as his wife is a gardener.  And the work proceeded.
Here is the yard torn up.  This took a day.  And this is only part of it.

 Here are the underground valves.  The white pole goes into the garage where the timer is.

The timer.

The water bottle is reserved for sugar water for the beehive.
And the actual watering units.  These are around the trees—two-espalier apple and two pear and two columnar apples.  There are three watering circles and in each trunks.  You can also see some mature leeks and some grassy like tufts of growing leek (these still need dividing.)

Here are the hanging baskets.  The orange globe does not water them but I like glass things so they are there for decoration.

 Here is the corner flowerbed.  There are some nice plants in here, and more to come, but the bees like the wild borage so it is in place for that reason.  I am hoping to get borage moved to the insect hedge in the future.
 The rest of the gardens have sprayers like this, a 90-degree spray at each corner and a 180-degree spray on each long side.

 Here are gardens nearer the chicken yard.  The trees are to the left.  The other tow gardens now have tomatoes, 5 blueberry bushes, spinach, some leek and more to come.  The raspberries are not in the picture.  They have been segregated to their own two 2’x4’ pots.

please forgive the rough post.  Blogger changed and I have spent 3 hours trying to figure this out.

Asparagus, herbs and potatoes to the right, bee hive under the awning, strawberries in the left foreground and celery, beans and peas (so far) closer to the hive.  What an exciting time of the year.  May 2012.