zinnia's are an easy, pretty flower to grow by seed; highly recommend!
here in sunny (too sunny) florida we have two vegetable growing seasons (jan – july), (aug – dec). this is both good and bad, as you can imagine. you may recall this year my wonderfully handy hubby made me two large garden planters for our backyard, raised about 2′ off the ground to hopefully keep the pups from trampling our crops. unfortunately we haven’t exactly solved that problem, but we’ll save that for another day.
gardening in florida can be quite easy, and if success was measured in cucumbers and peppers than i’d say we had an incredibly successful first half of the year. that said, we are now in break mode, waiting for cooler temps and starting new seeds.
one of our only challenges with gardening is keeping the beds watered. we’ve been playing around with a soaker hose, but i didn’t like that it has continuous holes because we have about a 2′ gap between our two beds, causing us to lose much of the water on the sidewalk. thanks to my hubby’s healthy addiction to harbor freight, he came home one day with a do-it-yourself drip irrigation system for…wait for it….a whopping $6!
now, i realize that for $6 you get what you pay for – we have no expectations of this kit at this point, but thought we’d give it a whirl before investing much more into a professional kit.
little less drip, little more spray i'd say
assembly was quite simple; run the rubber tubing from the faucet to the planters, cut the tube wherever you want water and insert the little spray nozzle, attach the rest of the tubing and repeat! in the end you have a tube that only releases water in the designated spot that you want it, and you waste nothing. whoo hoo! i ran it a couple of times to get the spray exactly where i want it, and we seem to be all set.
we have been using a timer for over a year now, so we just hooked up the new drip system to it and now it’s set to run every day for 10 minutes. once the weather cools, we’ll switch it to every other day or every 3 days, but for now water is a necessity.
of course i couldn’t make a post about the garden without showing off my super cute garden markers, purchased last year at the local art fair! these are awesome since they were cooked in the pottery kiln at whatever hundreds of degrees are required so they can handle our heat no problem. love them!