Monday, August 4, 2008

The multi-tasking sprinkler

We've been a bit short on rain the past two weeks, so we've been watering the garden. We have a specific sprinkler just for the garden, that keeps most of the spray in the garden, though a bit does go to both sides. 

Now, I'm not one to waste money by watering the sidewalk that adjoins the garden. To make the most use of our water, we put our potted plants on the sidewalk, and our watering cans, and a few buckets. Instead of letting the sprinkled water sit on the sidewalk & eventually evaporate, we use it! The hanging plants and porch plants get watered at the same time as the garden, and the watering cans and buckets get filled, so we can go dump them on the compost. (Which is much too dry at present, but is much too far from the hose to water conveniently.) 

But this evening, my wonderful husband had a brilliant idea! To entertain the kidlets, he staked down the slip-n-slide on the other side of the garden. (I'll admit I had a moment's pause thinking about all the potential injuries of a two-year-old and a five-year-old on a slip-n-slide, and the fact that we have no health insurance right now, but sometimes you just have to live a little, right?) Our garden sprinkler watered the garden, the compost, the porch plants, and entertained the kids! 

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