Essay – Voyage en voiture

L’un des inconvénients d’avoir un jardin tente de quitter la ville pendant quelques jours. C’est pareil à avoir un chien. Qui nourrira mes précieux? Heureusement, il y a des mangeoires automatiques pour les animaux de compagnie et des minuteries pour les systèmes d’eau. La difficulté consiste à régler les arrosages afin que chaque plante reçoive suffisamment d’eau. Même mes récipients automatiques d’eau doivent être remplis si je quitte la ville.

One of the downsides of having a garden is trying to leave town for a few days. It’s the same as having a dog. Who will feed my precious ones? Fortunately, there are automatic feeders for pets, and timers for water systems. The difficulty is to set the watering lines so that each plant gets enough water. Even my automatic watering containers need to be refilled if I leave town.

L’idée est de donner à vos grandes plantes plus d’eau que celles qui commencent tout juste à se développer. Vous pouvez le faire en plaçant vos lignes en tasses et en mesurant la quantité d’eau fournie. Mon système d’eau a une fonction de démarrage manuel, donc c’est facile à faire.

The idea is to give your large plants more water than those that are just starting to grow. You can do this by placing your lines into cups and measuring how much water is delivered. My water system has a manual start function, so this is easy to do.

J’ai déjà changé ma distribution d’eau plusieurs fois. Je pense que je l’ai parfaitement équilibré maintenant. La meilleure partie de ce processus est que je peux autoriser l’arrosage automatique à prendre soin de mes plantes pour moi, quand j’oublie.

I have changed my water distribution several times already. I think I have it perfectly balanced now. The best part of this process is that I can allow automatic watering to take care of my plants for me, when I forget to.

Note: I have measured the amount of water that my eleven patio pickers raised beds on castors consume on a 90 degree day. It is around 6 gallons, with my cucumbers using over two gallons each day. It takes around four minutes for my water distribution to top off the reservoirs each day. An average line delivers around 60 ounces/min, so I have the cucumbers on a dedicated line, while other lines are split between two or three raised beds to avoid spill overs. As the beds grow out, their consumption changes, so I will check on the rates of delivery and usage, on a regular basis.

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