Leah Selk (centre) works with other workshop participants to learn how to build a drip irrigation system for the garden at the Potato House garden on Borland Street.

Drip irrigation saves precious water

I love my garden. I detest weeds and I resent the time it takes to water.

I love my garden.

I detest weeds and I resent the time it takes to water. But without the liquid the green misery (weeds) grow in abundance and my work of planting is all for naught as they shrivel and stunt in their thirsty state.

Salvation from this toil came from the Williams Lake and District Credit Union, which awarded the Potato House a grant of $2,626, and our thankfulness is as plentiful as our weeds (may they quake in fear!)

Recently the Potato House was pleased to provide a drip irrigation workshop at the 49 Borland St. house under direction of our local drip irrigation experts from Halls Organics.

Like all projects first we had to stand around and discuss the merits, location, future applications and tiny details before any actual work could proceed.

Our first main line for a raised bed with its tiny spaghetti lines took near an hour to build 12 feet.  We are nothing if not creative at the Potato House. We quickly adjusted our technique and assembly  line and  built the remaining three lines for the boxes in a short half  hour using the shade of the house and the surface of the Potato Dreams outdoor stage.

We have a couple of components still en route but they will arrive this week, and then we will have four raised beds with a watering timer ready to go — gardeners are now needed!

It is late in the season but there is still plenty of time to plant greens and other quick producing plants.

E-mail wlpotatohouse@yahoo.ca or call 250-855-8443 if you would like one of these automatically watered spots for the rest of the growing season.

Starting next spring members of the Potato House and the Memory Garden on Carson Drive will be pleased to offer raised beds.

Applications for these beds are being accepted now.

The Potato House can offer nine four-feet by 14-feet beds. Current membership with the Potato House Sustainable Community Society is all that is required ($20 for the year).

Beds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

To keep your bed, it must be planted and tended; in short, show it love and all its work will be yours for less than a week’s worth of coffee (fancy coffee at $5 each — maybe you don’t get them every day … what quantity of groceries cost $20 these days anyways and gives the satisfaction of a garden.

The Potato House will host its “Great Potato Harvest Party” Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.

Join us for planning for next year. See what’s new and eat potato-inspired pot-luck dishes.


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