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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Drip, drip, drip

We all have our little quirks and oddities....well...ok...some of us have more quirks than others, but that's another post. Anyway, one of my obsessions, and yes it goes far beyond a pet peeve, is a dripping water faucet. When I install a new hose, it MUST NOT DRIP. I will tighten fittings, change out washers and even replace the hose tap, if I must.

Living here in the near-desert of Southern California, I simply can't stand the wasting of water, and yet I see it everyday. In true Adrian Monk fashion I want to carry around my tools and fix each and every lawn sprinkler that is shooting up a 10 foot high fountain, or watering the sidewalk or watering during a rainstorm, etc, etc, etc.

You would think that after inhabiting this valley for over 150 years, we would have figured out how to preserve our more precious commodity. As they say, though, intelligence has its limits but gardening stupidity goes clear to the bone.

So, if you are driving around Los Angeles and see some guy jump out of his car to cap an errant sprinkler, give a little wave. It's probably me.

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Blogger philsony said...

As a "retired" plumber I can relate to your adversion to leaky plumbing. The worst leaker will be hydrogen gas leaks. This molecule and Helium molecules are so small they will escape through the tiniest holes.

Your readers should be warned not to confuse the 3/4 pipe threads that look similar to the hose bib threads(which are a bit thicker and larger). Why they made them so similar, yet occasionally compatible , I don't know.

Why there doesn't seem to be many comments here at this garden blog is beyond me, I guess Craiglist's garden forum audience is nationwide and this is just a local blog. Good luck with your blog.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hi Douglas! Donít get me started on quirks! My wife Sara is obsessed with picking up composted horse manure, every time she takes our daughter horseback riding. She fills up the back of the van with eight or nine large vats of manure. Then she deposits this ďtreasureĒ in the manure corner of our back yard, overflowing the container.

Donít get me wrong. Sara and I garden together, so I appreciate the rich growing matter which results in mixing this composted manure with our dark, rich topsoil. But so much of it! Each season we use all we can on her three flowerbeds and my vegetables, but we still have enough to share around the neighborhood. Except, many of our neighbors do not share our enthusiasm for horse manure!

My quirk, you ask? I do the photography for our blogsite, and I always seem to choose close-ups to include, rather than wide shots. Iím in love with close-ups. They say so much! Wide shots pale by comparison, IMO. But donít take my word for it, please visit our blog, Gabriola Garden.

My name is Tim, and Sara and I do our gardening on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, up here in Canada. Is it still so hot down there where you are? Your description of the squirrels suffering in the heat brought your condition home better than other reports Iíve read. Fur coats, indeed, with no A/C!

Hope you come by our blogsite and see the pictures of Saraís flowers and my tomatoes. The pumpkins are still tiny, as are the cucumbers, but theyíre growing a mile a minute. Believe it or not, we had a heatwave up here too, but the temperature rarely went above 32 degrees Celsius, which is around 90 Fahrenheit. I guess you would consider that mild, by comparison.

I must confess our hose faucet does leak, it spurts an arc of water usually into your eye as you turn the darn thing on. Iím afraid Iím not very handy with tools, so you must come north sometimes to help me fix it. Islands are always worried about a water shortage, so I should have it looked at.

The secret of growing prize-winning flowers and succulent vegetables is providing ample nourishment to your plants. Some would think that the composted horse manure was enough, but not by a long shot. We feed our plants 100% organic nutrients, made by the very aptly named Advanced Nutrients company.

If you try their Iguana Juice, Grow and Bloom, youíll see what I mean. It makes a tremendous difference! Our plants are twice the size as before, covered by prolific blooms and clusters of ripening vegetables. We canít sing the praises of Advanced Nutrients enough!

Another product of theirs that I use often is Scorpion Juice. It inoculates our plants with Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) which wards off most major pathogens. Our plants are not only big, theyíre healthy and robust.

We have two children, but we also look upon the plants in our garden as our kids. We give all of them the best nourishment we can afford. In the case of our ten-year old daughter, Hedgehog, and our eight-year-old son, Jim, that is 100% organic food, much of it grown in our own garden.

In the case of our plants, how can we feed them anything less? We canít shortchange our ďkids,Ē so each season we go to the garden store and stock up on Advanced Nutrients products. Nothing but the best for our children, I always say!

11:13 PM  

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