Watering Cottage Gardens - Do You, How Do You, How Much
I have really expansive wide borders around the house and then we have several island beds plus the vegie garden.
I don't water very often - in fact when I was working out of town, the borders didn't get watered AT ALL. Ever. Most of the strong plants survived - there isn't a whole lot that I lost and what I did I think was more to weeds and overgrowth from other plants than drought.
My gardens are really dry - we sit on top a hill and most things are in full sun, with a bit of partial shade around the back.
I would love to have a sprinkler system - we even talked about running it up from the pond, but we don't have infinite water in there either and it doesn't refill that well.
For now when it feels realy important I haul my sprinkler around the borders and try to not do it very often - deep and infrequent.
We did run a long hose and spigot out by the vegetable garden and I have soaker hoses there on the tomatoes and peppers - we just turn them on and let them soak for several hours so easy.
I am debating on ordering some new sprinklers or investigating a real system around the house - we don't do the grass or the orchard or the trees or anything other than the year of planting to get them established.
It's just so much easier and more effective if it rains.