So Dylan is teaching summer school all day every day for the next two weeks...and we can't get any decent rain...so guess what that means? I'm doing irrigation all day every day until he's finished teaching. At first, I really didn't think it was going to be that big of a deal, considering we use drip irrigation and it seems pretty simple. It is anything but simple.
I go out for the first time this morning at 8 a.m. because there are two beds that didn't get watered last night...turn on the water and set my phone alarm for an hour for the first bed. That bed gets finished just in time...as I'd just finished with getting breakfast, getting the babies dressed, etc. I go out to switch the hose to the second bed and a hose end pops off. Of course, Dylan briefed me on this, but I never thought it'd actually happen, and especially not so soon!!! I have to turn off the water and figure out how to fix the drip irrigation line, as it's flooding water all over the place. After 15 minutes, I finally get it fixed (after many ugly words and then pleading that I get it right...) and head into the house for another hour.
Around 1, I start irrigating the rest of the beds and it is a JOB!! It takes about 15 minutes every time you go out to get the hoses hooked up and wait to see if they blow a hose end off. Eilah's screaming, "it's hot out here!!", Basil's playing in his stroller, and Kade's trying to help me listen for blown hoses. This goes on all day every hour, on the hour. There really isn't much time for anything in between the irrigation as you have about 45 minutes once you get inside until the next round. The whole day consists of changing hoses and waiting for the next hose change. It is exhausting!!! Especially with three kids that also need to be fed and entertained. Not to mention naps....that was kind of a "not possible".
Luckily, Dylan drew me out a very detailed map of the garden beds, including where the hoses fit into the irrigation, etc. This is the only way I could keep up with it all. I have no idea how he does it all the time. Especially considering he usually can't start as early as I did due to his job. It was an eye opener, for sure.
We need rain. In a bad way.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )