A Simple Sprinkler System for the Gardens

As I was watering the gardens yesterday morning it dawned on me that I would be going on vacation in about 3 weeks and my plants would probably die it not watered a few times per day. The sun in July is enough to fry an egg on the ground. I decided to head off to Home Depot and see what solutions I could find in the way of an automatic sprinkler systems. I found a timer that hooks right up to the water spicket and works on a 9 volt battery and decided that I could simply run a hose to my sprinkler. I ended up burying the hose along my patio and connecting it to a sprinkler head that reached all of the yard. I connected the timer to a Y connector so I will still have my garden hose available for watering those hanging plants. While on vacation I will put the hanging plants on the ground to allow the sprinkler system to water them also. The timer is pretty easy to set on the timer although I am disappointed that I cannot set it for specific times of the day. It is set right now to water for 15 minutes every 6 hours, but I will be playing without and will probably change it.

The timer cost 30.00, the hose 10.00 and the sprinkler head was 10.00 so the overall cost of saving my gardens over vacation was a mere 50.00 dollars. But I will also be saving time even when I am not on vacation. I have noticed that I am watering before I go to work and again after work. I usually spend about an hour each day just watering, so this will free up some time although I will still be out there tending to all of the other needs of my gardens.
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I did an extreme strength training workouts yesterday morning to sort of the test the new workout routine and I am certainly feeling it today. The results are that my weight did drop, but my blood glucose went up. I have decided to stick with this routine and treating the higher blood sugar readings with simply taking the next day off and moving that days routine to the next day.

Blood Sugar- 118, Weight- 176.6

REST DAY

Meals
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese, Strawberries, Blueberries
Lunch- Bacon & Eggs
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Squash

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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8 Responses to A Simple Sprinkler System for the Gardens

  1. James says:

    Just curious, you don’t have a friend who could come over and water your lawn?

  2. You won’t be disappointed with this bit of technology helping to get the chores done. We went back and forth on. Getting an irrigation system installed in our straw bale garden. Fortunately, a friend had one laying around his garage, and gave it to us. It is convenient and efficient. A time saver, and garden grower. We put a video of ours here. Its a drip system. http://chadwickandamy.com/the-garden/

    • Wow, pretty awesome drip system. I would have chosen the same if it weren’t for wanting to water both the gardens and the lawn. I love that fact that you make video’s and I am still considering an interview. It would be my first video interview. I have done a few over the phone and it was pretty comfortable.

  3. So worth the investment if it works for you… one puts in a lot of work on their yard, garden, etc. It would be a waste to have it die on you after all that.
    Some what busy & distracted at the moment to do a lot of reading of other peoples things. But it has caught my attention that I would go back to it when I have a lot of more free time.
    Would you be able to advice me on working the menu thing? I had lots on my menu & deleted a bunch to start over. Now I have only one thing in my menu. Darn!
    Thanx ahead of time if your able to help. Have a super day!
    Where, out of curiosity are you located?

    • Go to your Dashboard, select “Appearance” the “Menus”. Under the tab “Edit Menus” select “Create a new Menu”. Name your menu. You can add your “about page” and under the categories tab select the categories that you want on your menu. Each time you create a post and check off a category that you created it will fall under that category on your menu.

  4. Hey Billy, we have an even more simple version of this here in the U.K. It’s called the British Summer. Guaranteed rain and all with absolutely NO effort… 😉

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