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We've discussed drip irrigation and the like this summer and last. This past
spring, after dealing with that horrible hot dry summer last year, I decided
to be preppared and laid out Anderson hoses all around in april b4 things
came up.  (Andersons are those double-tubed strange aqua-green hoses that
have laser holes burned into them for sprinkling - or turned over can be
used for soaking)  Well, I only used themtwice because of all the rain and I
pulled them all up today.  These can't  or shouldn't be left out all winter.
And, whereas they work okay, they really aren't that good.

So I've been thinking drip irrigation. Then one of the guys in my MG group
installed sprayers in some of our beds.  He likes them raised; I prefer
closer to ground level.  But he had to cut hoses and mend the cuts and I
always have problems with leaky connections. The other day I was in Menards
and they had Nelson Simple-Soakers at 1/2 price.  50 feet, 5 sprinkler
heads, no tools required so I tried a set and they're easy, flexible, can
stay in place all winter and you can connect sets (of course that depends on
water pressure.).  So I went back and got some more.  I wasn't planning on
doing this until next year but this way I'll have them ready to install next
April and I won't be paying the price they will want then.

This is an investment - even at 1/2 price - but water $ aren't going to come
down, I expect next summer won't have as much rain, and I want to water my
plants more than I have in the past and to do it more efficiently.  I took
the easy way out with these kits but I am sort of "challenged" when it comes
to plumbing. This looked like  a good answer for me.  I plan for 2004 to be
less about acquiring new plants and more about maintenance and reorganizing
the beds.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] strange gardening year

> Hmmm, yeah, strange year, but not in the same way, though I'm not far from
> you. I just checked weather.com and they're showing predictions through
> 6 - no frost expected yet. No trees changing color other than the
> leaf that lets go early.  The asters and anemones are still going strong.
> And my toadlilies are sensational.  Tricyrtis macrantha ssp.
macranthopsis -
> the one with the drooping bright yellow flowers with red-spotted throats -
> is absolutely loaded!   Autumn Phlox still hanging in there.  And of
> the Colchicum, almost all my varieties are up now.  That's the one thing
> that seems early, but not by much.
> Weeds?  Not much different here. But good volunteers have been abundant.
> had some hot days in August but otherwise it's been a cool summer. It's
> pleasant the last few weeks and today was glorious.  Haven't had to turn
> heat on yet.
> We had so much rain this summer some plants did rot out.  I had a tough
> keeping up with mowing.  The mosquitoes kept me from doing day to day
> maintenance, so some things did get away from me - I forgot to pinch the
> of Persian Shields out front so they didn't branch out as much as I'd've
> liked.  But otherwise, things looked better than ever.
> I don't do food, so maybe that's why the difference.  I've heard other
> folks' veggie gardens haven't been that good around here.  Personally, I
> enjoyed the cool summer, but it did seem short. Sort of like I kept
> for it to start and when it finally did, it was over in a couple weeks.
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 9:40 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] strange gardening year
> > As the strange year of gardening continues here.....
> >
> > Has anyone else noticed the tree changing colors yet? They have started
> > here already.
> >
> > Has anyone noticed how the weeds are unreal this fall? Granted, I have
> > not been around much this month and things were neglected, but my weeds
> > grew 5 ft tall!!!!!
> >
> > Has anyone noticed how plants went to seed earlier than usual?
> >
> > Anyone noticed how the bloom season of my plants anyways was cut short?
> > Seems the heat and rain caused them not to bloom as long as usual?
> > Seemed to happen all season here.
> >
> > When is local weather predicting frost? Heard on the news tonight to be
> > prepared on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!
> >
> > Anyone have an exception year... I didn't. It seemed to fly by and
> > didn't get half of what I wanted done. Garden is a wreck currently and
> > it rained, so could not even work on it this weekend. I usually am
> > feeding the entire neighborhood with veggies and fruits... not this
> > year!
> >
> > Thoughts anyone?
> >
> > Donna
> >
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