We have not had significant rainfall for six weeks. I was told that June was the driest recorded here since they started keeping records. Today and tomorrow will be among the two hottest days in south central Wisconsin since the weather service started logging meteorological data. 103 was reported as a high today, highest ever for July. The all-time high temperature record here was 104 in August of 1988. Tomorrow may be hotter yet.
In most of the 26 years I’ve lived here, I’ve not had to worry much about watering my garden. Rain just fell with enough regularity to count on. Not every year, for sure, but mostly the rain has been there when we needed it.
This year is different. Hotter and drier than anything we’ve ever seen. So I have no choice but to water regularly. I’m quite happy with this simple system I use to get water down pretty much where I want it.
Components, in addition to hoses with quick-connects, are a plastic milk crate, an oscillating sprinkler, and metal spring clamps. I got my sprinkler at my local Ace Hardware (Ace is the place!). I really like the design of the new oscillating sprinklers. Precise control of the arm movement is super easy. The newer models have thumb tabs to control the arm movement and one can lay down a water pattern with precision.
I’m watering frequently and the garden is looking good. It’s easy for plants get stressed in these unusual weather conditions, but so far, with my slick overhead irrigation system, all is well in our garden.