Watering worries: garden irrigation

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink (if you’re the trees in our orchard) because frankly I’m getting tired of having to haul entire bins full of water up a steep hill to water in excess of 30 trees, 120 raspberry canes and 20+bushes. I’m fed up. It’s back-breaking. fullsizeoutput_4eeaAnd this leads me to my other problem. It’s all very well installing fun topiary bushes shaped like animals and planting mature large hedges around the boundary but we really didn’t think the maintenance side of things through. Last night it took two of us nearly two hours to water everything properly. Now, admittedly, we’re in the middle of unusually warm weather for May (oh, that 28 degrees could be relied upon!), but three acres of garden is going to need a lot of water. Our long term plan is to ensure that we have water butts on all of our garden buildings (including the playhouses) and possibly to tap into one of the natural springs on our land, but for now, something has to be done. So we’ve hatched a plan that includes water butts on anything that stands still long enough to have guttering nailed on, MDPE pipes under our kitchen garden and orchard and drip pipes along all of our borders. However, planning for them is one thing, having them dug in, quite another, so I suspect I’ll be lugging massive bins filled with water about the place for some time now!

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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