Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Watering the Pots

I have more then 300 roses in pots, waiting patiently for space in the garden.  As hot as it has been so far this summer, keeping them watered has been a real challenge.

This is the temperature in the shade on our back deck as of 2:00 pm today:

About half of the pots live along the fence behind the greenhouse. Over the weekend, I had an idea to make watering them easier.

I am using my stash of parts to make up an irrigation line that should cut the watering time (and effort) considerably.  I ran a piece of 1/2" tubing down the center of the lines of pots, inserting a group of four feeder tubes every one foot along its length.

The other end of each feeder tube has a Shrubbler to water the pot. 

These little sprinklers are completely adjustable, so each pot can get just the amount of water it needs.

This set up will water about 180 pots, and it will cut my workload considerably.  All I have to do is hook up the hose and let it run for about 15 minutes while I'm doing something else.

Ultimately, I still have to get more gardens designed and built to hold all of these roses.  This new irrigation system will keep the roses happier, and more evenly watered, until then.  It will also make my life a bit less stressful.

I'll be hiding in the a/c working on indoor projects for the next few days.

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. A genius solution! That is similar to how we used to water the larger pots in the greenhouses. It works so well, and will save you a lot of time. Hope all is well.

  2. Okay. Now, I'll think of you as the gardening MacGyver.

  3. Your heat sounds as awful as mine! I hardly set foot outsides and I'm always up for ways to make things easier. Now, if I could just get hubs to take a lesson from Connie, his life might get a little easier, too!

  4. I know you don't want to lose those plants. The watering system is perfect.

  5. Connie, I can't even imagine! I'm having trouble keeping up with my meager amount of plants! It was hot, hot, hot here today too! Glad your little roses are getting a big drink!

    Kat :)

  6. Clever idea - we could do with that in our garden up here as well. It has been 33 (I can't remember what that is in Farenheit) all week with lots of humidity.

  7. Connie, you are so marvelously resourceful!! I can just imagine who all those roses might be. You must have oodles of space.

    Stay cool

  8. Great idea.

    Just got home and waiting for me was your giveaway. Thank you! Thank you! Lovely.

    I'm featuring them and you on my Pink Saturday post today. Have a great weekend.


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