How To Save Time Watering Your Garden or Planters

Projects are happening slowly but surely around here, but it seems like one project leads to another or you need to take care of something in another space to get going with one project. For example, our focus right now is our soon to be office slash guest bedroom slash music room slash everything else room.  One thing it is not is going to be is a workout room, but it currently has our treadmill (latest Craigslist score) in it……who knew that the moving and downsizing process would take so long??? I mean, granted we opted to just “live” in the house awhile to figure out what needs problem solving before we dove into projects, but we’ve been figuring it all out since September! This has left us with little space in the garage for a treadmill, but that’s alllllll about to change!  And I can’t wait!  So, in order to move the treadmill from the office we need to take care of the garage situation which involves a little demo in the laundry room for storage.  One project connected to multiple others.  Who else has multiple projects going on at once?

 

Well today’s project is one that is not necessarily “pretty”, but believe me, you will LOVE it because it will save you precious TIME.  I remember at our last home we has so much landscaping, but no watering system.  We had spent a lot of time and money researching plants and they needed watered every single day to get established.  We were outside every day moving a sprinkler around the yard, going up and down the perimeter of our property watering plants with the hose for 30+ minutes…..every.single.day.  The only thing that made it more tolerable was a glass of wine and some company. Michael and I sometimes used that time to talk about the next day, or dreams, the kids, etc.  It wasn’t all bad, but still. I’m here to tell you it can be SOOOOO much easier!!!

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio

 

 

I’m super happy with how our upper patio is coming along and the next step was to take care of the basic fact that plants need water to survive.  Because of the layout of our home, it would have been a huge inconvenience to make multiple trips with water pitchers to keep our new plants alive.  In comes the husband to the rescue.  He got to work using Dig Corp’s Patio Drip Irrigation Kit.  We picked ours up at Home Depot for $12 and a hose thread timer for about $30.  If we would have known a few years ago that $12 would save us HOURS of personal watering of our landscaping, we would have been all over it.  They even have other kits available for landscaping, misting systems, etc.

 

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

The entire process is so simple.  You have tubing which you can cut to length and piece together with connectors and a drip head where you need water.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

Michale used the stakes included to insert into each of our containers on the patio.

 

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

Since our upper patio has wood boards, it was pretty easy to run the tubing underneath and conceal it well.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

Here is Michael cutting the tubing to size.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

Then dipping it in hot water to make it more pliable. BIG tip right there to save your fingers!

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

Here is a connector.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

Voila! We created a system easy peasy based on where we wanted to have our containers.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

Here you can see the hose thread timer connected.

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

Then Michael used white zip ties to keep the tubing in place.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

Here you can see a close up of the timer which you can program to release a certain amount of water and for what duration.

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

It feels amazing that the project is DONE and I don’t have to really think about it at all!

For our next step, we’re planning on adding some large DIY planters for veggies and

other plants for privacy.  This watering system is easy to add onto and customize and will work great

for that situation. No more lugging water jugs back and forth and wasting time, and more

relaxing in the patio loungers………..

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

……..or having chill manly talks gazing at the water. Love this photo of the three generations!

This, That and Life: Project Patio >>> Save HOURS with this $12 kit

 

 

 

Are you a plant lover that found this helpful? Please share!

It means so much to me and I do appreciate it!

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  1. Oh my gosh I think I need this in my life. I have stopped planting anything in pots because when I come back from Germany everything is dead. No matter who I assign to water our pots.

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