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Summer Rains are Great for Watering our Gardens

I think we all have mixed feelings about rain. It's nice to get the right amount so that we don't have to be the only ones to always be watering our flower and vegetable gardens, especially for those of us that are busy. It's always difficult to fit one more thing in our day. Sometimes it's fun to take a bit of time and get outside and water our gardens, but other times it's a bit of a chore.

Last month, before Father's Day, my daughter's boyfriend decided to build my husband and I our own above-ground vegetable garden. At first he told me he was going to help build one on the ground, but i knew we'd have a hard time weeding it and caring for it as we both have problems getting down on our knees.

I was quite surprised when they both showed up at our home with all their supplies to build a garden for us above the ground. The picture here is the finished product. It took them several hours one afternoon, and they finished their project the following day. He saw something like this on Facebook for flowers and figured it wouldn't be too difficult to change the plan for a vegetable garden.

He included several types of cherry and pear tomatoes, some colored peppers, two kinds of cucumbers and a few other veggies. We then bought three large tomato plants, and some red basil. I keep hoping I won't kill everything by not keeping it watered enough.

© 2014 by Marsha Musselman

Image Credit » Vegetable garden in my backyard. Image: 2014 to Marsha Musselman

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DorothyGale wrote on July 3, 2014, 10:07 PM

Hmmm, very interesting concept. Maybe you could write another article that's a how-to, for those of us who would like to give it a try?

Fractal wrote on July 3, 2014, 10:27 PM

What a lovely thought. So kind of them. I hope you get many a tasty treat from their labour and your watering.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 3, 2014, 10:31 PM

Thanks, Fractal . I hope we get lots to enjoy from this too. We've watered it a few times and have to watch for I accidentally flooded our basement a bit because the hose leaks at the faucet. I'd like to hook our soaker hose to the regular one and just let it slowly water the two sections, but I'm concerned now about the water in the house, so I haven't done this yet.

I did buy some washers for the hose end, but it didn't help for one of them. It may be due to how I'm hooking the hose on as I'm not as limber as I should be to get it screwed on correctly. I think that is the main problem.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 3, 2014, 10:33 PM

I'm also considering writing something on B. and including more pictures of the project from beginning to end. I wouldn't have a problem writing something different here, but the pictures would be mostly the same. I'm not sure if that would be okay, but considering they are my photos maybe that'd be okay?

kdarrell wrote on July 4, 2014, 10:57 AM

We are supposed to get a massive amount of rain over the next few days so I'm guessing that I won't need to water anything for awhile. lol

paigea wrote on July 17, 2014, 7:59 PM

That is very interesting. I'd like to hear how it all turns out. Our pole beans are easy to harvest as they climb so high. But the seeds do start in the ground.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 18, 2014, 9:10 AM

paigea All of the plantings were planted in the ground, as far as in the dirt and compost, it just wasn't on the flat ground surface. I think everything would have done much better had it been done like a regular garden, but we wouldn't have anything then for we can't manage anything on the ground level.

Certain plants are coming along, just probably much slower than most people's. Course, our plants were put in near Father's Day in June which is a bit later than most begin their gardens. It's hard to ascertain how much water to give it. Things are still growing and increasing in size so that's good. I just never really know whether I should water it some more or not. I don't want to overwater it either.

I found a website that shares how often to water, but it's talking about normal gardens, so I don't really know how it relates to our type of gardening. I may just have to write them and get their input.

Thanks for visiting.

paigea wrote on July 18, 2014, 11:30 AM

I am guessing it's like plants in pots and in regular raised gardens. In general they dry out quicker than the ground and require more frequent watering. However gardening is something you learn as you go, no matter how long you've been gardening.