Well, it's that time of year again! The weather is heating up and drying the ground.We look at the garden and realise we will not have enough time each day to water it. We have planted heaps of vegies and they cover a huge area.
So last weekend we headed to a big green shed store and purchased this hose made from recycled tyres.
We laid it through the garden and pegged it in place with pieces of fencing wire bent into a 'U' shape!
|The peg holding the pipe in place is in the top of the photo.|
It is designed for low pressure. It is stoppered at the end and the water in the hose just slowly leaks out. It keeps the ground nice and moist with less water than a hand hose. We will cover the hose with mulch once we a sure it has been laid right. At the moment it is exposed so we can check all areas are getting enough moisture. Once the mulch goes over the top, it retains even more moisture.
This olive barrel is just our tester for now. We cut it a while back to use as a compost bin and due to the open top, we can't use it permanently. It wouldn't be child safe!
We will buy a new, intact one and the lid will go at the top, screwed up tightly so the kids can't open it. We just need to fill the barrel and the work is done!
The barrel is above the garden and is drained by gravity, therefore using no electricity. This will help in our efforts to reduce our electricity usage in the Great Kilowatt Challenge. This is a challenge by Gavin at Greening of Gavin that is worth taking part in if you want to understand you electricity usage.
Now watch my garden grow!
Dani (from Eco Footprints - South Africa) recently posted about leaky/porous pipe too. Check out her efforts, she and her husband are very busy creating eco friendly solutions!