Some of the things you’ve asked about . . that I remember:
- Irrigation System – Folks, I don’t know about most people but for us, there has to be a utility/benefit that is greater than the cost or we simply don’t do it. Whether it’s an accessory for the tractor or an irrigation system, we’re really trying to do the things we need to do and nothing else. We have a garden that’s 70′ on the long sides, 62′ on one end and about 32′ on the other end. We had to work around trees/shade. To put in an irrigation system, which would probably mean punching a second well, for a garden that size that gets watered 2 – 3 months a year just isn’t going to happen. Next year I’ll plan my planting a little better so that soaker hoses will work better. About 2/3rds of the garden now has soaker hoses which does cut down on the watering a bit. But, because of the shape of the garden, I made some crazy row system out there and part of it just doesn’t lend itself well to soaker houses.
- Watering the foundation – the best thing to do is google it. There are pros and cons but I learned to do it when we had major foundation issues the first time I lived in Texas. We had foundation problems and the foundation repair folks told us to keep the foundation watered. We will bury soaker hoses here and that will take care of watering the foundation.
- Strawberry Patch – It will get fenced before we plant anything. Deer normally don’t eat asparagus or rhubarb but when they’re faced with starving or eating things they don’t like . . just like humans, they’ll eat things they normally don’t eat. With the drought here, by fall, they’ll be just about eating the stone off our house!
- Canned goods under the longarm – I thought by some chance no one would notice. Yep, we store things anywhere we find a spot. There’s still room in the sewing room closet for canned goods but the things under the longarm are mostly either things for very long term storage or the things I want to use right way and keep from getting buried so the new batches of canned goods (like tomatoes) will go into the pantry and I’ll use what’s under the longarm before I start using the new stuff.
If there were other questions, I’ve already forgotten what they were!