|Gardening in Colorado without some kind of irrigation is like discussing politics with your in-laws: not likely to go well. Raising chickens without water has even lower odds of success. So, over the last couple years, we've built up a sort of infrastructure of hoses that waters the chickens and the garden mostly automatically. This year, we added a barrel reservoir and some motion detector sprinklers.|
|Also, for what it's worth, the mineral deposits made some of the fittings on the fancy hoses useless, too. Our water is apparently pretty hard.|
|We tried growing some potatoes and sweet potatoes in feed bags as an approximation of those fancy ones that are supposed to make harvesting a lot easier. But not having the feed bag taters on an automated irrigation system meant they were doomed from the start since these guys dry out even faster than the in-ground garden.|
So, to summarize, the main lessons are:
- Fully automated irrigation is necessary for our undisciplined lifestyle.
- Cheap hoses are ok for some applications.
- Motion detector sprinklers are good, even better with live batteries and no leaks.
- Squirrels, raccoons, and quack grass form a relentless axis of evil, but can be battled to some extent with sprinkles and potatoes.
What did your garden teach you this year?