Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Irrigation Weekend Part 2 - Expanse

No matter what, when it gets hot, we risk losing plants and trees.

The problem is that the irrigation systems cannot take a hard freeze... so we walk that delicate balance of waiting until the last minute and then getting the irrigation systems in place, repairing the left-in-place tubing from damage the season before (or from chickesn or freezing over the winter), replacing timer batteries, putting the systems back together, reprogramming the timers and testing everything.

Inevitably, it is a race against the clock on these volatile spring days.  Too cold, then too hot, and maybe a cold snap comes again.

The more we plant, the more difficult "irrigation weekend" has become.  I have now officially reached the limit for a one person operation--I'll need to train others in irrigation or risk losing perennials.

The lesson here?

Do not expand beyond your ability to put systems in place.  Really--it is that simple.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Irrigation Weekend.. part 1: organization

After many weeks away from farm life, I am re-entering gently.

The community that has formed here at Dancing TreePeople Farm has organized the greenhouse and barn tools and started the early spring seedlings.   I return in time to see the perennials drinking the last of the spring rain. 

It is time to set out the irrigation lines.

Being away for so long means that I do not know where anything is.  With a gentle spirit, I've spent the day poking through the barn, the toolshed, the garage, breezeway and one of the greenhouses to seek out the irrigation supplies I will need to get the plants water.

The plants are not seeing any water yet, but at least I know where everything is.  It is nice to be home.