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Saving Time in the Garden

Garden Sprayer

We do not have many big tools in our garden tool box but, we have a few key tools that have begun to save us a ton of time. The sprayer pictured above is holds a gallon. It pumps the air out of the container and you hold the lever down for a continuous spray powered by air pressure. The more pressure the more liquid sprayed. There are sieves to filter the liquid so, what you put in the container must be fairly liquid. For things that are less liquid like our ground pepper and water mix we use the water can. We can more than cover our garden space with 2 passes of the water can. The holes in the water can are larger and should be able to hold most mixtures you apply to your garden.

Besides watering the garden, we also fertilize on a regular basis. We have also been applying different mixtures to the soil and plants to discourage pests. You will find that your Organic Remedies are less processed than chemical remedies and, thus may require a water can or sprayer that can hold a less refined liquid.  Thus far the water can, oscillating sprinkler and sprayer are all we need to apply what we need to the garden as well as save time. The most expensive item was the water can because we opted for metal over plastic. There is always something to do in the garden so, anytime we can automate or save time in a manner that makes financial sense for our size garden we do so.

Did you know that you can use wooden paint stirrers to stake smaller plants? Do you know how to stake a plant? Read our article “Stake Holder” dated May 9, 2020 to learn more about staking. Curious as to how you can save time in your garden? Just Ask! Did you know that you can get globes that water your house plants as needed? All you do is fill the globe. Want to know more? Just Ask. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Savings

Nature is an interesting thing. Just when you think you have a pest under control, you do not and just when you think a plant is done, it comes back. During this journey the days have been rare when I have felt ahead of the curve when it comes to pests. Some of the seemingly easiest things to do are not Organic. The Organic Remedy can be that of great patience as it will often work in conjunction with nature and on her time table not ours. If all things are effective, our known pest issues should soon come under control. Things definitely seem to be getting better and not worse although time will tell. We still have a ways to go with the snails and ants in the garden.

The good news is that we believe the Vole was the root of the problem as it was eating our vegetables from underneath the ground. We will be keeping our eyes peeled and hoping things come under control. There are a few things that have truly been time savers for us affording us an opportunity to give our attention to other things in the garden and they both surround watering and pest control applications.

First we purchased a water can, which is designed to mimic the application of water in a manner similar to nature (rain fall). My can is super fast and can cover a large amount of space in a short time. I placed both my fertilizer (promote plant health) and ground black pepper (ant deterrent) in my water can and was able to apply it within minutes. The second solution was an oscillating water sprinkler. By the time we put our salad on the plate for dinner the garden had been watered. We came out to check the sprinkler and had to turn it off because it had spread so much water so fast it was beginning to pool.

These two items saved me so much time I had time to transplant a couple of plants into new pots; clean some previously emptied pots and clean up around the garden. Anytime you can save time around the garden through automation or quick applications for example do so. What are some things you do to save time? What are some new ways you can save time? What is the cost savings or expense to these methods? Does it make sense overall? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Look at the Time you Saved me

Oscillating Sprinkler

Eliot Coleman and many other farmers have automated systems that afford them the freedom to do many other things in their farms and gardens. As we go along we have tried to come up with things that will also save us time amongst other savings. The Soil Block is one thing that saved us time, space, money and resources. The savings from the Soil Blocks seemed endless. One thing that is found on farms and in some gardens as well as greenhouses is some type of water system. It may be a multi source system. It could be from over head. It could be a ground level. It could come from underneath the plant.

Needless to say there are several ways to water your plants. For our size garden an oscillating sprinkler that covers 3,000 square feet seemed plenty. Things are never nearly as much as they might sound when you are thinking in the grand scheme of things. For a mere $8 we plan on saving a lot of time. During those hot summer days when the sky does not open up to offer some relief through rain, we will be pulling the sprinkler out.

It is a great way to get other things done. You can put it on for a pre determined amount of time at night when the sun is less likely to evaporate the much needed water. Or you can set it out during the early morning while you work in the garden. Whichever you choose, it will be a worthy investment and time saver. We could not be more thrilled. It will also help those who are not used to watering plants, when you are away and someone else has to do it.

What are some ways you save time in your garden whether outdoors or indoors? What automated systems are available to you? Don’t know. Tell us what you will be watering and where and we will get back to you with an answer. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Oscillating Sprinkler