At the moment, with it being so hot, I'm watering in the morning and again in the late afternoon/evening.
The tap where I fill up the watering can is a wee walk away. Ok it's a very wee walk away, but it takes three cans full to water everything so that's 6 fills. We thought about putting in some irrigation, but that's a job and a half. And I actually enjoy watering everything by hand.
Then we had another plan. The roof is a decent size and there are gutters so we reckoned the rain water shouldn't go to waste.
We went to a sort of reclamation type place in Kerikeri and bought 2 olive storage containers for $15 and two 1m lengths of chain.
The Japanese have used a length of chain as a 'downpipe' for eons! Lloyd suggested we do the same. So a couple of holes were cut in the gutters. Big enough for the top link of chain to get through a wee bit. Then we got two tiny lengths of good old No 8 wire and threaded it through the top link of the chain and rested it above the hole we'd cut in the gutter - simple! The chains were now hanging down beautifully. We worked out where they would go into the olive containers and cut out a notch. We wanted to be able to keep the lids on the containers so that as few mosquitoes as possible could get in and lay eggs...
Finally we put some water into the gutters to test out our plan, and it worked! Beautifully.
However, there was one gigantic problem. The containers were too narrow for any of my watering cans to be dipped in. So I had
Job well done!
Oh and why did we put them in the front rather than slightly more hidden round the back? Well Shhhh but the greenhouse is on a miniscule slant forward!!
And just a quick mention for the sweetcorn! We had our first sweetcorn of the season for dinner last night, It was sensational.
I did three plantings about 3 weeks apart so I'm hoping we'll have sweetcorn for a while!