Earth Day: Literary Irrigation

27 Apr

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I started to write a long winded step by step explanation of the irrigation system I rigged in my garden to save water during this years drought, but the draft was long, dense, and unforgivably boring. Then I remembered Greg Johnson’s clever treatment of the IPCC assessment report that I posted earlier this month. I like this version better.


could a veggie patch
planted in a drought be green?
neighbors said “DO IT!”


“sprinklers waste water
but behold the wonder of…..
drip irrigation.”


into the unknown
some method, mostly madness,
learn from my mistakes.


a leaky faucet
nearly killed the project dead,
YouTube saved the day.


a tough decision,
to buy soaker hose or drip?
ease trumps efficient.


garden hose costly
numerous short lengths needed
new fave: hose couplings.

Picture 5

take beat up old hose,
cut out crappy part with knife,
screw on new fitting.


a highway of hose
takes water to the soakers
nestled in their beds


stop leaks at the joints
gaskets are your new best friends
also, rubber bands.


water earlier
to slow evaporation
early mornings best….


Not. Gonna. Happen.
I’m not a morning person.
I bought a timer.

Picture 6

mulch over soakers
traps in water and cools soil,
reuse paper bags!


one last mulch layer
looks good, keeps paper in place
but cheap mulch stains hands


sit down in the shade
survey your accomplishment
sip refreshing drink


In conclusion, this project was challenging for me. I had to learn a lot of new skills, and use quite a bit of trial and error, to make the whole thing come together. Even though I had to buy new soaker hoses I’m proud that I still found ways to repair, repurpose, and reuse other stuff. I was particularly pleased when I successfully MacGyvered a rubber band into a gasket to fix a broken soaker hose coupling. No wonder that dude had so much swagger.



2 Responses to “Earth Day: Literary Irrigation”

  1. Mara April 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Go Robin! I loved the clever way you did this post and I am in awe of your garden (which I have yet to see, but this weekend I shall wonder by!) Happy Spring!


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