Most of the native plants, especially those around the oak tree and in the parkway garden will be just fine since I do not water these areas at all during the summer. The areas surrounding the avocado trees in the back, and the small lawn and non-native trees in the front need irrigation. For the front yard, which is on an automatic irrigation system, I ordered the Irrigation Caddy. This controller will allow me to follow the weather from anywhere in the world and set the sprinkler to go off at will - it excites me just to think about this! I can also set it to go off every other week, or any interval within a 30-day period. Unfortunately, I need an ethernet bridge to work the magic. The controller will be set up in the basement where the irriation wires are, while the router is upstairs. I ordered the bridge but it hasn't come yet so I may have to set this up after our trip. If that turns out to be the case, I will set the existing controller to go off weekly - not too wasteful.
Then there is the vegetable garden. A drip system and a small timer on an outdoor spigot is already functioning and has been working for about two months now. In the far back there are two other lone tomato plants. I planted them last August, after tomato season, and they have just begun to bear fruit. I was going to let them fend for themselves, though I know full well that they will not make it past two days, especially when the heat kicks in next week.
I am happy to report that with the help of Krista, my garden buddy, we set up a quick netafim drip arrangement. Pulling out hoses, splitters, connectors, a timer, and a bit of netafim tubing, we got it set up in about 45 minutes, and it would have been faster if I wasn't such a disorganized mess.
|Spigot with y-splitter, timer on one side, hose to soaker hose on other.|
|A 26-psi pressure regulator reduced the spray that was coming out of this connection. It still drips but not much more than the netafim emitters.|
Sorry these pictures aren't clearer but I've got some packing to do.
|'Delicious' tomatoes are coming right along. One ripened recently and it was very tasty.|