I have a combination system--conventional and drip-- depending on what's being watered. However, it's not particularly efficient, so I always cross my fingers as I make my first inspection of the garden after returning home from a trip.
we never both go away at the same time...at least we haven't so far.
if that does ever happen, 10 days would be max and i'd have a friend come over and turn the sprinklers on for at least the main garden.
i hate going anywhere...
Part is on a timed drip system and the rest I have to rely on family. After this year's 14 vacation, I've decided to put everything on a timer before our next big vacation in 2014, as I lost some things due to issues with someone not understanding how the system operates.
I try to stay local during our summer months and winter during the rain to a sunnier clime. If we are gone for the weekend or so, I'll put all the container and houseplants on the covered east-facing porach, and water well, but don't usually worry about the yard.
Voting "other" as I've worked toward water sustainability over the past few years of erratic rainfall.
Before vacation, I pot up plants that are rootbound. Even cutting back the root systems if needed.
I have vegetables growing in lasagna beds and have also built a few hugelkultur beds. Both styles retain moisture well.
I lay out landscape timbers in 2 x 8 foot beds on level ground or the brick patio, placing them where they will receive evening shade. I line the beds with black plastic and fill with a shallow amount of water. These are for my potted plants that demand more moisture. And while I am gone, the beds will catch and retain any possible rainfall. If the plants should show any wilting, the young man that cares for my four legged menagerie can easily add water without much effort. I add a mosquito dunk to each bed for prevention.
I have succulents under the porch roof as I had lost some in the past due to too much rain. I also have my Hoyas on the porch and before we leave for vacation I will water well them by immersion. This allows the pots to be submerged and the root system in thoroughly drenched. Then I hang them back up.
Nope, I don't stay gone too long... from a week to ten days. One year, we had additional obligations and were gone for two weeks. I haven't lost plants except for the year the succulents got repeatedly drenched. I still worry and it is a lot of effort but worth it. When I get back from vacation, I feel no one missed me... lol Kristi
We get one of our workers from the factory to come over when we are away if it's the dry season the whole garden and pots need watering and top up the pond as the water evaporates (temps reach 100 C). If its the monsoon season (May to October) we just need the potted plants watered. I do lose the odd pot plant as they don't always put the water in the pot! Just on the plant itself.
The last time I went home to England I bought a cheap rain guage. But had not thoought about the amount of rain here, which can be more than 50mm in a day!
Vacation? You mean we are supposed to get a vacation?
I use up a lot of my vacation time (from work) taking a day or two here and there for various things. If I take a week or so of consecutive time, I usually use the time to get caught up at home and do things around town. I guess I'm more of a staycationer. I'm sometimes gone for a week on business, but I find the garden, flowers, lawn, etc can usually take care of themselves that long. I do have an in-ground, automatic sprinkler system with multiple zones each of which can be controlled separately, but as we normally get adequate rain water here (52in/year), I only use the sprinkler system as a backup during times of drought.
I schedule vacation time for gardening. I take a fews days here & there for gardening activities; such as planting & harvesting. These are the things that I enjoy doing more than anything else. I kid you not!
Everything but my houseplants are on a timed drip/sprinkler system. My garden wouldn't survive without it. While I don't vacation during the summer, my husband and I travel often for work. My mother-in-law refuses to let us set up a timer system for her garden and spends an hour each morning and evening watering her yard and garden.
Wow, some of you have rain in the summer? We haven't had any rain for more than a month now. Total rainfall for the year so far is less than 4 inches.
I was hired to water my sister's neighbor's garden while they are on vacation, and I have been out there every day in this 100 degree heat. They come home tomorrow. Whew! Everything is alive and well, though.
Is not God suppose to take care of this mess.
I am now considering letting them go --- there is no end in sight is there? I feel like a murdererer though - I have finally watered enough to coach the watermelons out of the ground -- seems kind of cruel to stop now???
What do you guys think - will this drought end soon and I should keep going or just throw it in for a loss?
I believe you are rubbing in about those two inches.
Okay, I am pretty sure I will be a crying when I get my water bill next month. This month it was only 10 dollars more that usual.
That is not so bad, and there is always a chance that after these 10 days it will break. I sure hope so.,
Well it rained today, and saved me from dragging my sorry self down to the bottom garden to haul water to those watermelons, Thanks for your prayers and look like we might get another. We need it because was enough to settle the dust.
I thought that first picture was like the Miami River up in Ohio, around the town of Hamilton, Ohio. For some reason they have built stair steps (I guess it is dikes or little damns) in the middle of the river. I DIDIN'T KNOW IT WAS REALLY RAIN WATER GOING DOWN STREET STAIR STEPS. What a great picture!
I just got back from a 10-day trip. I had two different sets of folks watering, but I had no idea we'd be in a drought while I was gone. The plants are out there, not dead, but they're not doing anything. I watered the garden for 3 hours yesterday morning. Of course all the bermuda grass around the garden is growing and looks lovely.
My flowers and shrubs have taken a bad beating.
praying earnestly for rain on my little village lot.
You have that type of grass up there too.
Have you ever dug that stuff up. It has deep roots that really rhizomes or what I would call rhizomes. It is the only thing that can with stand my geese and still grows in the geese lot. I thought the north was getting the rain???
Ohio and northern Ky has been gettin plenty.
Is the storms forming to far to the east from you? Ain't that horrible.
Hubbys says a cool front is coming through here tomorrow with severe storms. Maybe you will get some then. I will give you a prayer. :)
I hate droughts.
I was just listening to my hubby which is always telling me where the rain is . I ask just now about what you said of the rain in northern Ky. He said they had been (slap on forehead here - oh my). - I think-- you all may have had a couple of rains that we did not get at the very beginning of this drought is all . As far as him saying there had been rain; well heck - we had at one time rain here too! At one time!
I am sorry about your drought and feel you pain, and I should have know that you all were having a drought too - my mother talks with her sister about every day . And my aunt lives in nothern Kentucky, not too far from Florence. She has lupus;but in good health inspite of it. She went out to speak to a neighbor today and had a heat stroke - I guess lupus is a hypothalmus origin type of autoimmune disease and real sensitive to maintaining body temperature. Still that is pretty hot for her to be out in it for only a little while and wake up in the emergency room.
But cheer up; we are suppose to get rain more tomorrow. :) Very severe though : (
Oh almost all my wateremelons are up . I have about 20 in one spot and five more other spots with nothing. I wonder if tomorrow during the severe storm with winds whipping at my clothes - if I might be able to transplant?
I love growing flowers and vegetables. Every summer day the vegetable garden needs tending and the flowers need dead heading. If we weren't watering nearly every day during this hot/dry summer, the plants would wilt and die so quickly. We don't can and freeze anymore, but we love eating fresh tomatoes, squash, green beans, cucumbers, okra, and potatoes. And we love sharing them with our friends and neighbors. We plan our trips to the beach and mountains in the spring and fall, as well as our trips to visit children and grandchildren.
Beautiful gardens, Rebecca.
LiquidAmber, I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt having a heat stroke. How scary that it happened so quick! I have a cousin in New Orleans with lupus.
Florence is only about 25 minutes south of me.
FlowrLady thanks for telling me what is coming.
The last front that came through a couple of weeks ago- brought a dry storm. Didn't know they existed, thunder, lightening, constant over 35 miles winds - and not a drop of rain???
It did split a big branch off of my sickel pear tree though- which was half the tree - since it was a young tree-- it had 5 pears on it --.
If you are going to have a storm that knocks down your trees it ain't right that it has no rain in it. The injustice of it all!
KY woods; Thanks for your concern over my aunt, so very kind of you. Yes, it was fast, so you might warn your cousin the next time to speak. Gee I always felt Florence was really close to the Ohio border. Do you live right on the Ohio River then?
@ Rebecca; If you live in North Carolina you have a duty to can, freeze, dry, salt, smoke, pickle and sugar ever thing in sight -- it is tradition you know!
As far as spring and fall - those are long growing seasons and you need to stay home and grow all those cooler vegs.
You may go on vacation in the winter and see all those grandkids only then - taking them your canned goods- like Sallie! But grand kids do grow so fast - just like the gardens. If I had 'em I would not be canning either.
I am only kidding of course.
Love your pictures - I bet you miss it when you do travel.
@Sallie has it right - winter vacations are best for gardeners!
@chicochi3 : Yes, I hear what you are saying on that one-- because we also farm and winter too is a time that animals need feeding - so winter is even ruled out for us!
Wind Blow gustily for + two hours
Dark clouds lay in the back south east, lay in the north west and build for two + hours
Lightening way up high constantly for two whole + hours
Thunder a constant rumble for two whole + hours
Rain a whopping .05
I have decided to pack - I think I am going on vacation to Washington D.C. to protest IACC on spending money on silly research, and leave here to do it to protest no rain. For goodness sakes!
KyWoods n Liquidambar, sorry you didn't get any rain! We got a good rain yesterday. I am so grateful for it! Harvested the entire corn crop this morning, two rows, and got enough to eat on the cob, and a few quarts for the winter. It's the first time I've ever had succesful corn. Last year I put weed killer on the corn, so that was the end of it.
The weed killer on the corn: I sprayed my garden with that stuff that kills broadleaf weeds, but will not kill your vegetables... but my son forgot to tell me to NOT spray the corn!! So that's how it happened. I was sad, but I was hoping for this year, and it worked! LOL
I know that is very upsetting at the time it happens, but it is a tragedy that you can get over and learn from.
Gradening is a never ending learning process, isn't it!
If not I would have stopped doing it years ago.
I think a drought year - or a year of failure makes you appreciate your successes more.
Drought years also is a good year to rest because truth is, I was wore out from last year.
I started gardening many years ago - when my husband bought me not a real small rotatiller - not one of those big ones -- and most certainly "NOT" one of those little ones that have a weed eater engine; it was just right. I loved it and used it for 20 years.
It started getting hot during tilling and I would have to stop and wait for it to cool. But it was a gem - always (by some miracle) started with only a couple of tries.
My husband then went to Lowes and came back with this huge big green machine. I have never liked it. Always difficult to start - the pull rope some times jerks back hard and hurts my shoulder.
I have relinquished starting my own rotatiller to my husband and son - but I still do the tilling.
But sometimes those darn weeds like this year since it is a drought - those roots have gone deep and the rotittler may hurt the top but they bounce right back. I spray -- too!
I am 5 foot 2
I have always been rather muscular though.
I operated it when I was only 115 pound - 30 years ago. Now I am an old woman of 56 and I still operate one.
*Once it is going and you reach the end of the row and are ready to turn it around , keep up your momento and step fast to turn it. You should "NOT" stop at the end of the row and get into a wrestling match with it..
*There is also a metal piece that is adjustable that drags the ground to hold it back - you will have to adjust it so it does the work and doesn't make you try to hold it back.
*If it bogs down and just wants to sit in one place, it is easy to get it to go again by pulling it to the right and left (rocking it).
Mid size taught me all this - helps me now to do the big one.
At all times it should be doing the work - not you. You should never get into a hurry either - be in the moment, one with this your time and your place, you have no where else to be, one with that butter fly (oh just kidding).
I would not garden with out a tiller. I often wonder how my grandmother did it??.
--------- Really -Now that I think back -- I do believe the bigger one is easier for me to operate - I don't do hardly any holding back - like I did with the mid size one -- and once I got the real hang of turning it - it is easier than the mid sized one too. I just have trouble starting the darn thing.
Liquidambar2, you've almost motivated me to buy a new canner and put up some of this summer's (anticipated) garden produce. I said "almost"! The 2013 vegetable garden is planted now, and the perennial flowers are coming up in the flower beds. The April showers are keeping it all moist and growing. So it's vacation time and before we need to actually WORK in the garden, we can take a trip to Myrtle Beach one week and visit grandchildren in Lexington, KY another week. Oh, how do you like the snake and owl guarding the veggies?
FlowrLady and Liquidambar2, I hope you both have wonderful gardens this spring and summer in Illinois and Kentucky respectively. Liquidambar2, I'll think about you when I see the Mt. Vernon exit on our way to Lexington.