I have to admit that there is something very satisfying about my vegetable garden – which is probably why I have a cup of coffee there each morning! I still remember when I first thought about turning an unused corner of my garden into a Grown-Up Veggie Garden – about 18 months ago when having dinner with David Bullard. His utterly charming wife had become besotted with the book “Jane’s Delicious Gardens” and very proudly showed me the results of her hard work in their kitchen courtyard. Another dinner guest was equally effusive about HER gardening efforts – so much so that her husband would sometimes turn the sprinkler system on to get her indoors. (FYI – she had the most beautiful tan and exquisitely toned arms as a result!)
But time moved on (as it does) and the idea was put on the back burner – until I woke up one morning and thought “let’s do it!” And I did! And now, I get to watch my lettuce literally grow before my eyes, my celery is thriving, the herbs fill the air with such an intoxicating scent after they have been watered (or after it has rained), and the whole family has taken an avid interest in looking after our little project!
I have to admit that installing a water tank has been a real eye-opener! Within two downpours, the tank was FULL, and we use the rain water on dry days to water the seedlings and to top up the water fountain. At the moment, I water everything with the watering can, but according to the website you CAN buy a pump and other accessories that allow you to use a hose pipe. I will probably end up going that route next year, but I am actually quite enjoying seeing how much water everything is getting! It’s also such a good way of getting Kayla involved as she can reach the tap and turn it on and off, and she happily waters each and every seedling while I am pottering about planting new seeds. I also think it depends on how you use the rain water – if you are washing cars or watering loads of plants, then a pump would make life easier!
I also have to admit that I am a little more conscious about using water inside nowadays – not deliberately, but things like turning off the tap when brushing my teeth or cleaning the kitchen counters has become standard practice. Sadly, I still take the world’s longest showers though, which is not ideal at all!
I can’t wait to show you the updated pics in January when the seeds are sprouting and the veggies are ready for picking! I also have some contacts where you can get free seeds, and cheaper seedlings – I’ll share those with you in the New Year!
MD JoJo Tanks
I am so glad that you are enjoying your tank Shelli! People often forget how much water small, daily tasks can use. For example, brushing your teeth with the tap running uses 6Lt of water. If you spend 5 minutes a day in the shower you will use 100Lt of water. A sprinkler in the garden can use 1000Lt of water per hour!
Your JoJo Slimline™ tank will go a long way to helping your family reduce water wastage and help you save money along the way.