You’ll have to be patient just a second to find out the secret to growing a green garden. First let me show you my Fence Row Garden as it looks now, in early June.
No blooms to speak of although I did have a few on the peony bushes. I think maybe four so we sure didn’t set any records there! Hopefully next year will be a bumper crop. Anyway, I wrote in my Fence Row Garden post about something I did that made a huge difference in not only blooms, but keeping everything green as well. Really green. Any idea?
OK…it was the soaker hose I installed last year! Not only did it make my life a whole lot easier, it made a world of difference in how my garden looked and produced. I had more blooms and everything stayed so green…even in August when I usually have a brown, shriveled up mess. I did the entire installation myself so clearly that means ANYONE can do this. I bought two 50 foot hoses.
At first, as I was laying the hose, it didn’t stay flat to the ground. I found some metal plant stakes in my garage, cut them in about 12 in. lengths and bent them to make U-shaped pins. I pinned the hoses down in a few places and it was just enough to hold it in place.
There is a middle section of garden that doesn’t currently have a hose. It’s very mature coreopsis and daisies. The coreopsis doesn’t need any extra watering and I water the daisies on my way to hook up the soaker hose. I’d like to lay hose in this section but I have to get out in early spring before the coreopsis gets tall. I missed my opportunity this year so maybe next year…
1. There is a screen at the end of the hose where the water is hooked up. I took out the little screens to get better water flow.
2. Don’t lay one gigantic hose. It takes too long to get the water from point A to point B. My water pressure was not good enough so I used 2 lengths of hose. I alternate days so I don’t water both sections on the same day.
3. To speed up the water flow I used a hole punch and strategically punched holes in the hose where I wanted more water. This worked like a charm.
I’m not sure how long these two hoses will last. They are on their second year and I hope they last a few more. I’m sure at some point I may have to lay new hose but hopefully not any time soon.
I can’t think of a DIY project, that I did myself, that has had results like this soaker hose installation. Not only has it transformed my garden, it is so much easier than standing with a hose in the sticky summer heat. To say it was life-changing might be a stretch…but the time, effort and sweat that I’ve saved has been amazing.
As always, I had a helper when I was taking these pictures. She turned 5 this year but honestly we still think of her as a baby. She’s never far from where I am and is perfect company. She doesn’t say much and thinks I’m wonderful!
Here’s a look at some DIY Gardening Tips that I think are incredible. I’ve put them together on a Hometalk clipboard. Just click the image to check it out!