Drip Irrigation and Backflow Prevention

By: GardenGrrl , 3:28 PM GMT on February 22, 2013

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Yes it's that time to seriously start thinking about the yard and garden. With drought comes new ways of looking at garden design.
Many of us are going to "xeric gardening". Myself I'm leaning towards automating my garden for less work out in the heat.

Installing drip irrigation and automatic sprinklers is a great time and labor saver...after the initial installation. (ugh)

I found a great how-to web site on do-it-yourself irrigation. Lowes and some sprinkler manufactures have their own how to do it with their products info. Some will design your system for you if you send them your yard dimensions. That's nice, but check this site out first to give you a more knowledgable base to make these labor intensive and expensive yard irrigation decisions.



irrigation tutorials

Another VERY important part of installing an irrigation system is backflow prevention. Underground lawn sprinkler systems usually require a permit from the city. They will specify the kind of backflow prevention device they require.
For drip irrigation systems the city may not require a permit.

No permit does not mean backflow protection is not necessary. Backflow protection keeps the water in your house safe. For instance on toilets, all the new ballcocks/flushvalves have a vacuum breaking device. This is because prior to this people were getting blue ice cubes, intestinal problems etc. They were drinking their toilet water because of backflow.

Do you want to drink dog poop, fertilizer, pesticides? Then install a backflow preventer. Yes, even on a drip irrigation system. At the very least have a vacuum breaker on your hose bibb and a cheap pvc check valve on your discharge line to your irrigation system. This will sometimes protect you.
My two favorites are a "double check" backflow preventor. (Technically it needs to be tested every year and I differ with the web site author). And the best bang for the buck, the PVD vacuum breaker. Note it MUST be installed atleast 6 inches higher than the highest point of your irrigation system or it will not work.

Here is a link explaining backflow devices.
backflow devices

Hope you find this info helpful. Now here are some gratuatious photos of birds I have snapped recently.





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72. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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71. sandiquiz
10:01 AM GMT on March 24, 2013
There is a cold breeze blowing outside, and the ground is frozen solid! I tried to move the bird feeder to empty it and I couldn't get it off the wooden board I placed it on yesterday! It was stuck firm!

Back to work today?
Hope it is a good week - and one day soon you should be able to get out and deal with your drip feed system, and I should be able to get into the garden to deal with the winter mess! ...One day...!
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70. Ylee
4:00 AM GMT on March 22, 2013
" So as we evolve to electronic everything, are we losing our ability to use our hands for making complex things?
"


As long as we have things like the robot contest that Skyepony promoted on her blog, I think we're in good shape! As long as we keep our desire to create, we'll be fine! :' )
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69. GardenGrrl
9:33 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Hi All, finally getting back to my own blog. So much to do this month. I seriously need to win the big lotto so I can buy some more free-time.

Hi Sandi, I'm always torn between hiring people and doing it myself. Problem is I do it better so it chaps my hindside to pay someone for mediocre work.
On the other hand, if it's gutters and such it is worth it.

Hi Plapman, guess the birds were checking out which tree had the best buffet.

Hi Shore, that is a great link. I may re-post it in my next blog. I've used about half the plants they have listed. Belindas Dream is an amazing shrub rose. Much prettier than the Knock-Outs.

Hi Ylee, yes they had a few of the old guys. My new co-worker buys those, refurbishes and sells them on e-bay.

Hi Sig, yeah it's the trench that wore me out. I did close to 80 feet six inches deep. Today it was the cloudy day and strong wind that wore me out. When this is done though, it will be great.

Hi Sp, you have to hand it to the Victorians, they could really work some brass. I'm amazed that they could grind decent lenses. So as we evolve to electronic everything, are we losing our ability to use our hands for making complex things?
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68. sp34n119w
8:56 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Hiya, gg! I am happy to see that you got to both the scifi and the pinball conventions. I'm almost used to the annual pang of jealousy, now ;)

Thought of you this weekend when I saw something very "steampunk" but it is not steampunk - it's the real deal!

Family Heirloom photo FamilyHeirloom_zps7833c697.jpg

I didn't photo the plaque but memory tells me these were science-grade microscopes made for wealthy hobbyists. I only took the one pic and it's fuzzy but I still think it's cool looking :)
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67. aSigiam
12:59 AM GMT on March 20, 2013
Hi GG. The automatic drip system is a great idea for the garden. A lot of benefits to it. Most are easy to install. For me, it was the plumbing to the garden that was most the work. But, the trench only had to be dug once:) Haven't ever done the whole yard, but around here, it is almost a necessity.
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66. Ylee
8:56 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Were there any antique pinball machines there? You know, the ones with the maximum possible high score of 9,999? Those are great!
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65. shoreacres
1:19 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
If there's anything better than sci-fi, it might be gardening tips - especially some that are meant for Texans! Enjoy!
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64. plapman
1:05 PM GMT on March 19, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
While having coffee with the Queen on Sunday morning we witnessed a strange thing with a flock of birds, I couldn't see the species but the flew to one tree, a Russian Olive in the neighbor's yard, stayed a couple of minutes and flew away only to return minutes later. I can't guess what that was all about.
I wonder if they had anticipated the approaching storm.
Enjoy the day.
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63. sandiquiz
11:38 AM GMT on March 19, 2013
Glad this is your Friday... I hope the weather cooperates and allows you to get out into the garden to complete your irrigation task.

I have a couple of guys coming either this afternoon, or tomorrow to repair the gutter. One of the brackets has come off, allowing the gutter to drop and expel water over the edge. The guy who went up said the gutter was full of debris - he even took photos to show me... so they are cleaning them out as well.
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62. GardenGrrl
10:05 AM GMT on March 18, 2013
Hi Shore and a Happy Mid Western St. Patricks Day to you. Glad you are okay after trying to drink the marina. For once in quite a while I have had no corned beef and cabbage to eat prior or on St Paddy's. Blasphemy. Tis better to eat it somewhere else than to cook it at home ;)

Free sci-fi book. My kind of link.
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61. shoreacres
4:30 PM GMT on March 17, 2013
Happy St. Patrick's day, GG! When I happened across this post this morning, I thought you might be interested in the links.

It's a lovely morning here, after a warm night. I saw some rain mentioned in the forecast, but I'm not going to make any to-do about that, lest I scare it off. ;)
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60. GardenGrrl
9:51 AM GMT on March 17, 2013
Top 'O The Morning Ya-All,

Happy St. Paddy's From Texas.

Hi WTS, the convention was fun. No I don't collect machines but wish I had. They have added a few thousand to the price tags since I started going to these things.

Good Morning Prose, thanks for the Irish Blessing. Are those crocus yours?

Hi Sandi, Paint Balling, that's funny. Me in full camo with a scary helmut jumping out from behind walls shouting; "Eat paint" with gun blazing. *Hmmm*
*thought evaporates as reality sets in...Paintball hurts. I'll stick with lazer tag ;)
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59. sandiquiz
7:56 AM GMT on March 17, 2013


Wishing you a very happy Saint Patrick's Day.....pity you have to work!
Do you know that I read you had been 'paint' balling when I saw your comment in my blog.... And the thought of you doing that energetic game until midnight....!
Pin balling is still energetic, but you are only exercising your arms and not your legs!! lol
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58. Proserpina
10:36 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
Photo by M photo MarchGreenSpringFarm035as_zpsa6c260ad.jpg


May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing
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57. WatchinTheSky
10:32 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
Happy St Pat's Day! "Pinball Convention"! Did you pick up a load of machines? A friend of mine was collecting for a while and would go to a big PinBall show in Phoenix. Quite the hobby :)
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56. GardenGrrl
4:56 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
Good Morning and Happy St Paddy's Day.
Wow do I feel hung-over. I don't actually drink, just wore out from a waaay busy weekend. We got up early, met some people for early lunch in Plano. Then went to Dallas Farmers Market (We have to kill time because the Pinball Convention doesn't start until 5pm) If you have ever seen Dallas traffic on Friday it made no sense to go back home...just continue to Dallas find things to do.
Then we played pinball until midnight. Weeeeeee!

Hi Skyepony, Yeah I figured you would get some hardcore steampunks. Some of those people are pure genius in making cool mechanical stuff. Your robo competitions sound more interesting than the "rock-em-sock-em" robot thing the sci-fi channel is hyping.

Hi Tony, it's good you have an abundance of water. They predict that the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex will run out of water by 2040.

Hi Briar, yeah, the indoor bonsai thing hasn't worked real great. I have three left. The others would do really good, flower/fruit, flower/fruit and then die over night it seemed. Haven't figured out why. Will see how the carnivores do over time...although I will most likely go to the next Bonsai convention that comes to Dallas and pick up a few more ;)
Got all my supplies for running the drip system. Hope to have that finished this week. Currently all the hose is stretched out around the yard to straighten up.

Hi Sandi, Dang, what kind of weather are you all having? So glad it didn't freeze right after that rain. Sounds like you have lots of projects including flood abatement engineering to work on. All we lack to get these things done is time and money.

Hi Ycd, I have a small yard so instead of messing with controls boxes I am just running individual 50' service lines with laterals then attaching to timers as my "zones" for the drip irrigation. If I get around to underground sprinkler for the lawn I may get fancy.
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55. ycd0108
3:15 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl:
Just sent your DIY Irrigation link to my daughter.
I helped her - she wanted to DIY it herself but needed tools and advice - install the pipes and sprinklers last fall but we have yet to connect the controls and water up the system for a couple of reasons:
1) It was promising to get below freezing and the distribution pipes are buried very shallow.
2) The wall where the control would be mounted was not in place at the time.
Now that we look at warmer conditions and the wall is finally in place I'll be fiddling with the setup and checking back here to see how your system installation proceeds. So far I have not seen any installation nor instruction manuals for the complex controls.
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54. sandiquiz
1:10 PM GMT on March 16, 2013
Drip irrigation?

How about torrential irrigation! Do you remember at the end of the last year I had a damaged plinth under the water butt that collected rain water from the conservatory roof, which I couldn't repair until I was strong again, nor leave full, in case it fell off the damaged plinth and split. 75 gallons going on my rock garden in one fell swoop would have been a drop too much! So I attached a hose to the open tap and put the other end in the pond...

All winter it has worked a treat, any excess has run away into the pond and the overflow goes out to an artificial stream, away from the garden.
Well, last night, we must have had torrential rain. The pond is full to the top, and behind it, where the little pebble steam runs, there is a lake!
The only good to come of this is the big hedge at the bottom of the garden is getting a good drink!

Any geeky outings this weekend, or are you having a weekend at home:)
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53. BriarCraft
10:16 PM GMT on March 15, 2013
I get the feeling you've pretty much given up on the bonsai trees, but you probably still like them. WatchinTheSky took pictures of bonsai pomegranate and olive trees in his comment #17. You might enjoy taking a look.

Any progress on the drip system yet?
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52. Skyepony (Mod)
2:46 PM GMT on March 15, 2013
Do you get a lot of steam-punk folks participating?

There was a few that even the robot was at least a taste of steam-punk. One was pretty into it where the costumes the team had on leaned hard that way.
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51. plapman
1:23 PM GMT on March 15, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
I'm luck here on the prairie. I use well water to water my lawn in the summer. I guess it just recirculates the water. Being in the ancient mouth of the Assiniboine river we're over a sand layer that has abundant water. I can pump water 24-7 from the 14 foot deep well with my 1/2 horse pump.
The city water is from the Assiniboine river and is collected behind the dam built for the Portage Diversion.
Enjoy your day.
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50. GardenGrrl
3:03 PM GMT on March 13, 2013
Good Morning All, it is going to be a beautiful day and busy week. Got to get the garden ready. More so I need to get the drip irrigation system in. Will be going to the big box shops to look at options today.

Hi Bug, I absolutly love those wrought iron sculptures to grow roses on. Am going to price some I like with what it would cost to make pvc and rebar columns. Ironically the iron ones could be cheaper.
My pvc reinforced with rebar design will most likely be more sturdy though. We get some fierce wind through here.

Sandi, that is some dismal cold. Wish we could do a temperature for rain swap. Soon though your garden will be a verdant green full of sunlight and life.

Hi Shore, that is a great link!, Infact the whole site is fun. Got a bit lost in it ;)
Yes it was fun to see Dad. The whole windows 8 thing is a debacle. May do a short blog for folks to flame W8. In the mean time I imagine it is getting real pretty in your part of Texas right now.

Hi Calpoppy, orchids are something else I'm thinking of trying. Swamp plants seem to be my thing. You should see how nice some of my moss is. I put deep humidity trays with rock and local moss on top under/around my plants. It's neat you are getting second blooms. Orchids are gorgeous.

Hi Briar, the sci-fi convention was a blast. Seems more fun everytime I go. Guess because I'm getting more involved I take less pictures. Heard a great metal/rap song at the Rocky Horror pre-show. The chorus goes; "Read A Book Read A Book, Read a Muther****g Book. Catchy. Also had me laughing through the rest of it.

Hi Ylee, so far the two I have don't stink. Glad you mentioned that though. If I order one of the cool ones from online gonna have to ask what it smells like. Come mid summer I'll probably start getting into my mad scientist carnivore plants when it's too hot to play outside.

Hi Skye, that's right you can garden all year at your house. The robo-thon sounds cool. That takes some serious mechanic and engineering skills. Do you get a lot of steam-punk folks participating?
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49. Skyepony (Mod)
1:41 PM GMT on March 13, 2013
Good to see you recently got out & got your geek on. Did something similiar last weekend with the robots. What fun..

Planted a bunch of garden yesterday. My last rush before the heat comes. Happy planning..have fun hitting he dirt with it. Drip irrigation goes a long ways in saving water too.
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48. sandiquiz
10:36 AM GMT on March 12, 2013
*80 degrees by Friday! Even if you split it in two and shared it with me, it would be warmer than we are expected to get on Friday. We will be lucky if we get out of the 30's! It will be warmer than the 15-25 F we have had since Friday last week! Brrrr, but I do agree the plants don't know what is happening!
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47. Ylee
11:33 PM GMT on March 11, 2013
I'm glad your dad got a new computer, but I'm not thrilled that it's Win 8. I tried the preview last year, and I was underwhelmed at how intuitive the GUI was. I'm sure 3rd party software makers can make it look like Win 7, though!

Don't pitcher plants stink to high heaven?
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46. BriarCraft
11:16 PM GMT on March 11, 2013
I was hoping to see some fun commentary and/or photos from the Sci-Fi convention you enjoyed recently, but that'll probably have to wait until your next "weekend". (thought to self: hmmm. maybe that'll be her next blog topic. never can tell. could be the carnivorous plants ate her.)
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45. calpoppy
4:59 PM GMT on March 11, 2013
Hi GG! Nice to hear that your pitcher plants are doing well. Humidity is one thing we don't have to much here! So for my orchids (I got them to re-bloom! I am proud!) I have small containers of water set around them. It is working so far. I really shouldn't take credit on my orchids re-blooming as it is all about the place they are in and my cabin is just a great place for houseplants! Lots and lots of big windows. So now that they have re-bloomed I can justify in getting more even though I have no more room, maybe I can squeeze in a few more!

Hope you recover from daylight savings time! That first week is always hard with the time change and work!
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44. shoreacres
12:03 PM GMT on March 11, 2013
Morning, GG ~ So glad you had some time with your dad, even if it got cut a little short. And I saw your note somewhere about an enjoyable - or at least decent - compadré at work. That's especially good news!

I envy your rain. We missed out. We did get about a quarter inch, but that's going to be dried out by tomorrow. There's no use obsessing over it, but good gosh! we need rain.

Your phrasing is charitable: "unusual operating system". I know a couple of folks who got one of those machines and about went crazy. One went back to Win7. I know I'm going to baby my little system. Everything is just the way I like it, and I don't want to be forced to change. So there! (No gadgetophilia there!)

ADD: I don't know anyone around here from Iowa - I think you're the only one who really will understand how unbelievably funny this is.

Iowa Fashion Week Begins
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43. sandiquiz
11:01 AM GMT on March 11, 2013
Hi there - you had cold wind as well yesterday?
My dad used to call the type of wind we both had a lazy wind...I goes through you rather than around you!

The forecaster used the term "bitterly cold today" - she is not wrong!
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42. palmettobug53
11:10 PM GMT on March 10, 2013
I'm glad you got to spend some time with your Dad on his birthday, even if it wasn't for as long as you'd have liked.

My Dad's birthday is in May. He'll be 87.

Have you checked around a few places like those architectural salvage companies? Or junk yards? Habitat for Humanity resale stores? If you could find a bit of iron-work, like part of an old gate, they make lovely rose trellises. Dad managed to get his hands on two, back when he lived out at the lake.

There was some place in Upstate SC that specialized in heirloom roses and they had lots of old iron trellises. old metal farm gates and 'recycled' farm equipment for the climbing roses. I remember seeing some pictures online about 10 years or so ago but I can't remember now who they were. I've done a little googling but didn't have any luck. Maybe they're no longer in business.

You would have liked the pictures.
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41. GardenGrrl
10:02 AM GMT on March 10, 2013
Hi Bug, you were typing as I was typing. We have rain today! I like it when it rains on work days and my days off are sunny.

Had Dad's birthday yesterday. He is 81. He got himself a Windows 8 computer and we helped set up. Would have been nice to spend more time with him but the only guy who could have covered my shift today decided not to and I had to leave early to get home and go to bed for work today.

Windows 8 is an unusual new operating system. The little wavy squared "home" key will be your friend.
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40. GardenGrrl
4:33 PM GMT on March 09, 2013
Good Morning All,
Looks like more mist today instead of rain. Really need to get cracking on my irrigation system

Hi Shore, Mmmmmmm nothing better than the perfect soup. Isn't it nice to have enough left over to freeze for another incredible dinner later.

Hi Briarcraft, that is the way of the gardner. Finally have some good weather have to go out and do something. Even if it's just to admire the plants...or little frogs from lake Boda.

Hi Sandi, I'm a slow moving vehicle. Got as far weeding and taking out a rose bush that reverted to it's graft. Next week is the short week and don't have any plans until Friday so may get some stuff done. This week was continuing ed class for professional license (all day), the Bernini Exhibit at the Kimball and the convention:) Today is Dad's birthday.

Hi Ylee, no need to point, everyone was in full glorious geekdom. It was really fun.

Hi Dragonfly, good to see you around. Yes, it looks to be dry again. My sequence for the new garden design is to put in all my anchor plantings (whole yard) then run drip lines to them. Have to build and set columns for the climbing roses I want to get.

Hi Prose, that is a beautiful song of spring and such a great description. Yes, this is the time where life is celebrated with flowers.

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39. palmettobug53
4:32 PM GMT on March 09, 2013
Hallo, GG!


Hope your Saturday is a good one.

I need to get busy but it's been so nice to potter on the blogs a bit.
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38. Proserpina
2:09 PM GMT on March 09, 2013
Good morning GG

We have a sunny day, cold at the moment but it should warm up as the progresses.

Crocus and Jonquil buds are dancing in the sun, waiting for the proper moment to smile at the world with their joyful colors and scents. Camellias are in bloom, as are some Pieris shrubs. Birds are gathering twigs and leaves for their nests, and so are the squirrels. Soon we will be enjoying the happy sounds of the squirrels as they merrily chase each other round and round the tree trunks, also the chirps of new baby birds will fill the flower scented air. Proserpina is awake and hard at work.

May the warm rays of the Spring sun warm and delight your heart.
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37. Ylee
12:12 PM GMT on March 09, 2013
When you go to the sci-fi convention, point your finger at everybody, and yell "GEEK! GEEK! GEEK!"! :' )
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36. sandiquiz
11:32 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
You should have finished the LONG week now - so hope you have some pleasant activities planned, and not al household chores!

Did you ever get your garden sorted, roses and mulch??
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35. BriarCraft
12:49 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
Well, while you're off earning fancy critter food, I'm just going to have to go outside and find something to do. It rained yesterday and was cloudy until a couple hours ago, so the grass is still wet, but the sky is blue and the sun is shining. I'll figure something out.
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34. dragonflyF15
8:04 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
Just stopping in to say hello :) Great idea on the drip irrigation, they are predicting another drought season starting this May. April looks wet though, at least for us here in the Midwest. My water bill was so high last year, amazing that I got anything to survive!

Anyways, just wanted to check in with you and hope all is well in your corner of the world! :)
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33. sandiquiz
4:18 PM GMT on March 04, 2013
Hi there... this is the long week? Ah, well, as you say, it keeps you all in 'Hollywood style' food!

Linda - eight pints! I don't have a pot big enough to make that amount!
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32. shoreacres
12:16 PM GMT on March 04, 2013
Laughing at that one - I'd actually forgotten (is this right?) that Roxie really is Roxie Hollywood.

The big news around here is that I've managed to get Dixie to accept canned food. It's not the best - Fancy Feast classic - but it's a step in the right direction.

As for me - I made a huge pot of the best tortilla soup I've ever eaten yesterday. It filled eight pint containers, too, so six of them are in the freezer. I've sequestered them. :)
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31. GardenGrrl
11:07 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Fly-by through my own blog Hi All!, now off to work, can't afford fancy chow for my Hollywood Critters if I don't go.
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30. Ylee
8:33 PM GMT on March 03, 2013
Quoting GardenGrrl:
Syd would have pierced her nose.


Syd, the plastic surgeon to the stars.... :' )

Hope you're having a good first day at work; this happens to also be my first workday this week, and I hadn't tried to pull my hair out yet, so I'll take it! :' )
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29. calpoppy
6:14 PM GMT on March 03, 2013
Hi GG! They have the dwarf butterfly bushes now, some only get to 3' feet. Here is a pic of my favorite dwarf butterfly bush that I sell. It is called Buzz Velvet.



It might fit into your butterfly/hummer garden better then a full size one.
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28. palmettobug53
4:37 PM GMT on March 03, 2013
Oh, yeah, I remember those flat, green soaker hoses.

I'll tell you one thing: making your own is a bit of work. It can take a bit of pounding to poke holes in a bit of regular hose with a hammer and nail. I can't imagine doing an entire one.

It was good for working out some frustrations, though.

"TAKE THAT (insert name here)!"

"I'M SICK AND TIRED OF (insert peeve here)!"
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27. shoreacres
1:38 PM GMT on March 03, 2013
Looks like I've got a long work-week, too. The weather forecast is good, so away I'll go. I saw a whole tree just filled with goldfinches yesterday. And we've picked up a couple of cardinals. I'm seeing or hearing them on a daily basis now, and that's about the best treat in the world. I love the cardinals and robins - those songs are the best. Thank goodness I have the mockingbirds to make up for the absence of most song birds. And your photo of that cardinal is beautiful!
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26. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on March 03, 2013
Good Morning, it's the long work week.

Hi Bug, I've thought about the do-it-yourself hose. Remember waaaaay back when they used to sell this green ribbon hose with tons of tiny pinholes? I think that was the original soaker hose. Though it was much more fun to turn the pressure up and run through sharps needles of water.

Hi Prose, pretty bird. Amazing how closely they resemble each other during the changes. Gold finches seem to stay beautiful whatever season they are in.
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25. Proserpina
5:15 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Goldfinch poetry photo test1025du_zps563f5aa0.jpg

Here is a little birdie from VA.
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24. palmettobug53
4:39 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Dad designed and installed irrigation systems as a sideline years ago, though not drip irrigation.

I've thought about it but I really don't have that much that needs watering. I've gone the 'if it makes it, good; if it doesn't, too bad and I won't buy that again' route. I've put in less and less annuals and moved towards perennials and natives.

No tomatoes, though. The squirrels simply destroy them. I've trapped and released and trapped and released until I'm blue in the face. It only takes one pair to move back in and repopulate our cul de sac.

I've already got little holes all over the yard and have had to 'repot' a couple of things on the front stoop, due to their constant digging.

A couple of years ago, the squirrels had chewed through our garden hose about 15 feet from one end. Hubby was all set to go buy a new one but I told him, "Don't. I can repair that." Went to the hardware store, got the pieces, cut off the damaged end and fixed it. It was a 100 foot hose, so we still had plenty of length.

I started to throw out the 15 foot end but it was a lot of good hose to throw away. I went back to the hardward store, got more parts, sat down with a hammer and nail and proceded to make my own short length of dripper hose to put around my two rose bushes. It works just fine.
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23. GardenGrrl
4:25 PM GMT on March 02, 2013
Good Morning it is Sunny and Cold.

Hi Ylee, seems like you guys keep getting all the rain. Then again, that is better than all the snow.

Hi Sp, let me get this straight, you are growing chia pets in your yard?

Hi Sandi, beautiful colors. Feathers have such amazing iridescents.
And; White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

Hi Briar, right foot green, left plant red. Roxie would run off with the hose and want me to tug the other end. Then again she will chase me around the house with the tug rope in her mouth. Just have to give her an end and run through the garden.

Hi Shore, oh that poor bird he is so not digging the photo shoot. He flew off early saying; "Hey my two minutes of fame are done, let me out of here" Syd would have pierced her nose. Maybe we could get him in an action movie.

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22. shoreacres
4:08 AM GMT on March 02, 2013
My goodness, did I find a treasure for you. Here's a video of Stevie Nick's cover shoot for Rolling Stone back in 1981. Here's the final image. Maybe Syd could go Hollywood!

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