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Summer Laziness aka I Hate Watering

6.21.2010

Summer is officially in full swing.  Bringing with it lazy afternoons, lemonade, relaxation.  And a brand new air conditioner that stopped working, multiple service visits, four nights sleeping the basement, an electrician and a new hole in the basement ceiling.  But that is a story for another day.  This is a happy summer post.

Anyway one of the things I love about summer is enjoying the garden and landscaping on maintenance mode and not planting/tons of work mode.

Ahhhh….pretty flowers and delicious vegetables.   But for the past couple of years I have struggled with keeping all the potted plants hydrated.  Every afternoon when I come home they look wilted.  And so I then had to water them everyday.  This gets really old and honestly makes me wish for a hard freeze in the beginning of September.

If was really dedicated I could install a drip irrigation system for all the plants.  But that takes too much work and planning. Next idea please.

Mulch helps with water conservation….but- while perfect for all the landscaping,  a little boring for the pots.  Being on the deck they needed some pizzazz.  I thought about polished river rock you can buy in the mesh bags in the craft stores. But for a couple bucks for a small bag, it could get expensive. 

So we bought two bags of marble chips at Home Depot.  Under $7 total and I think they bring a modern aspect to all the potted plants while conserving water.  Observe-

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After:

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When we bought the rock, it was covered in dust and grit.  So I rinsed it in a shallow pot with drainage holes like I was panning for gold.  The rock looked so much better with a bath, and then I set it on the top of all the dirt.  Helpful hint- if you are going to work with landscape rock, wear gloves.  I did not and it really scratched up my natural nails.

Since adding the layer of rock, the soil has not been completely parched on a daily basis and I have been able to reduce my watering.  It was the a trifecta project of cheap, easy and quick but hopefully will have a positive impact on my plants and my sanity.  Unless someone wants to install drip irrigation on the deck.  Any takers?

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14 comments on "Summer Laziness aka I Hate Watering"
  1. The white rock adds a pretty touch to the pots! I've always mulched my garden...but never thought about mulching my pots. You may have saved my sanity too! ;-)

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  2. That sounds like a great idea. Anything to make life easier is amazing in my book! I'm pretty lucky because my husband does all the watering if I do the planting. It is a great trade off!

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  3. I love the looks of this. I've never thought to do this. I have to water almost all my pots everyday, too. Luckily, we've gotten TONS of rain around here, so I've had to water less this year.

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  4. It looks good! I have the same issue and have thought about getting those water bulb things...but they look a little quirky. I like your idea better :)

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  5. I love the rocks! I'm going to need to look into this...

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  6. I love the rocks! I'm going to need to look into this...

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  7. Watering is definitely getting old...I've found sprinkling a little 'Soil Moist' into the dirt really helps as well. They sell it at garden centers. The rocks are definitely pretty!

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  9. That is a fabulous idea and looks great too!

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  10. Great idea - I really like how the rocks look. The very first thing I do when I get home from work is water all of my plants - it takes forever and by the middle of summer I seem to get a little lazy. I need to try this!

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  11. this is a great idea!! I get tired of watering certain plants every single day! lol

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  12. That is a cool idea. I have several pots that have dried out every single day-several times a day with the heat we are having. I should definitely try this!

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  13. I love the look of the rocks. And what a great idea to help conserve water too. Much prettier than mulch!

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  14. Came to your sight looking for a cure for my ugly oak cabinets. Love what you've done in other areas so I've been all over your site. I have used the Mr Landscaper irrigation stuff they sell at Lowes for the past 10-15 years....love it so much I have it in all my mulched beds and since it takes 60 scoops of mulch to re-mulch (can you tell we just did it?) that's a lot of territory. We live in the southeast and have to water at least every couple of days. I've got the irrigation set up and it's proven to be very durable and it's easy to change as your garden changes...combine it with a watering timer and you have a virtually work proof garden after you've done the planting.... I use perennials so that's even better. I put it under our raised deck (too easy) but it's paintable (I used a primer to paint an area that couldn't be hidden and it's held up very well) so you could run it around the outside of your deck and paint it to match. Just wanted to encourage you to try it. It really didn't take long to set it up, it's not terribly expensive and it's been the salvation of most of my plants because honestly, I hate to water plants by hand. Hope you'll try it or an equivalent and post your results so a few more of your fans can benefit...just a small way of saying thanks for all you've posted that's inspired me :-) Natalie

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