The Challenge of The Year!!
At least for me it is! I was asked to do some flower bed landscaping at my Church, Have put in three different beds of shrubs and perinals. THE PROBLEM and THE CHALLENGE--two of these areas are under roof overhang and gets zero water from rain. I have been carting milk jugs of water daily to keep them alive. Coupled with this, the ground in one of these areas is not even dirt, its rock sold clay. In the next month I plan to amend, amend and amend some more with leaves, coffee grounds and anything else I can get my hands on. But I really need to figure out a way to get rain water to take care of these babies so I'm not breaking my back come spring.
What I'm thinking is to burn the end of soaker hose to the side of a cut off milk jug or buckett of some sort. Bury the jug in a part of the area that does get rain and weave the hose through the planted area. I suppose fill the jug with small stone of some sort and cover with mesh screen to keep the skeeters out. Hopefully the rain will fill the jug and run out the hose, although not sure it will provide enough pressure to get all the way to the end. In dry spells can just fill the jug rather that try to water the individual plants.
What do you think? Any other way to elaborate on this plan, or any other thoughts? The bed sits on the corner of the building, I put the plants as close to the edge of the overhang as possible but could not avoid being under it some. After two days of a really great rain, I looked this AM and many of the plants were still bone dry. They are drought tolerant plants so once established should be ok, but even at that, the do need water sometime.
Hope this is considered a topic for the experiment forum, it sure is an experiment for me and didn't think it fit in any better with the other forums. Really appreciate your input, Thank You Linda Ã¶Â¿Ã¶