Spring Project: Gravity-fed Watering System

| 4/29/2010 10:19:52 AM

A photo of Nebraska DaveHey folks! Glad you could come back and sit a spell. I always enjoy seeing you. I've been busy this last week with spring projects. Things are starting to bloom around the Urban Ranch. I planted tulip, daffodil, and crocus last fall and they certainly have not disappointed me. I'm not sure what the official name for these tulips are but I call them "Tulips of fire." They are absolutely the best tulips that I have ever had on the ranch.

Tulips of fire

Daffodils in competition with tulips

The daffodils certainly were in competition with the tulips. I had a double row of about 60 or 70 of these guys. Their bloom cycle is winding down and I actually dead headed their little shriveled blooms today. They did put on quite the display for the neighborhood for a couple weeks. I want to interplant day lilies in this flower bed to keep the area alive as the daffodils die down in early summer.

Grandson Bradley jamming on mandolin

Hey how did that picture get in there? Oh well that's just my grandson jamming on the mandolin. He doesn't know how to do much other than make noise now, but who knows maybe someday. He sure got the hang of holding and strumming the strings quick.

Nebraska Dave
5/5/2010 10:10:22 AM

Pam, my Grandson is indeed a curious little boy. He wanted to know what was in the case I had next to my desk. I took the mandolin out of the case and showed him how to strum the strings and he took over from there. I couldn’t pass up a picture of that. I really enjoyed your last post with the collage of pictures of your farm. You have a watering system that makes mine look pretty puny that’s for sure. Mine comes not from a water shortage issue but from being away on trips for up to 10 days at a time. Last year I had automatic watering from the faucet from the house, but if the hose should break it would run until I came home which would not be a good thing. With this system the worst case would be to run the tank dry. So it’s more a safety thing and of course the challenge to just build it and make it work. I do like that too. So hopefully I’ll have it up and running by June. It might not look real pretty by then but hopefully it will be functional. I would like to eventually get fish in the tank for the summer. I am not going to try to Winter them over. It would require a tank heater and I don’t want to heat 1200 gallons of water all Winter when it gets down below zero. I’d rather just catch fish from the local pond in the Spring and return them to the pond in the fall. It would give me a chance to clean the tank for the next year.

5/4/2010 11:49:28 AM

Hi Nebraska Dave, First, that cutie pie playing the mandolin is sure to be a star! I love your water system ideas. The tulips are just beautiful. Living in East central Georgia we experience a long hot summer that usually has a long dry spell. We have to come up with some inventive ideas for watering here also. Good luck with it all. Have a great day. Gafarmwoman Pam Life on a Southern Farm

Nebraska Dave
5/1/2010 6:20:05 AM

Shannon, thanks for stopping by and your encouraging words. My Dad was a handy guy. I am just a little handy. You are seeing something that has taken years of brain power to bring out into the world. It takes a while for me formulate a plan, but when it comes I have it mostly figured out. I hope all is well with you and your gardening experiences this year. Mine are right on track. Around the middle of this month is when the good stuff goes in the ground. Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, and Dill Weed. I just love the smell of Dill Weed. Mom used to plant Dill Weed in the garden and it’s the one thing I remember about those gardening days. I really didn’t like to work the garden back then but I did like the garden smells. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do any pickling. It’s an easy thing to do these days with all the supplies found at the local big box store.

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