A hose and oscillating sprinkler takes care of many watering needs.
I collect sprinklers of all descriptions. My favorites are spot sprinklers that water tiny areas that need water in a certain pattern. The easiest sprinkler as far as my involvement in it is to let farm irrigation sprinkle the Upper Garden as it did today.
Peanut field with cable tow irrigation. There is
much work involved, but I didn't have to do it.
It just happened that a full circle was big enough to cover both the west end of the field and my Upper Garden. Otherwise the equipment would have been adjusted to water a semi-circle stopping at field edges.
If you want to know how cable tow irrigation using a wheeled cart and soft hose (similar to a fire hose) works here's a link to Clemson Univerity's explanation, much better than I could describe.
Purchased manifold with four outlets. The red lever in the hole controls the water.
Each manifold outlet has its own cut-off as well. The standpipe screws off and the green cover covers the capped in-ground faucet for winter.
I still drag many hoses, I just don't drag them far.
Small beds like these just need a pattern sprinkler. Here are my favorites:
The little sprinkler at left sprays a circle, on the right makes a Square pattern. They are inexpensive but sturdy. Notice the hose on the left was repaired. Long hoses that get accidentally cut make make great short hoses.
DIY sprinkler or soaker pipes, depending on whether you put the side with holes drilled up (sprinkles) or down (dribbles/soaks) . We use conduit, lasts longer in the sun. Various fittings make them work in tandem or with a Y connector, attach in the center so water flow is even.
Water progresses down the road with every circle made.
Here, the machine was half-way. At the end, there was
1.1 inches of water in the gauge.
I measure my sprinklers with a tuna-fish can.
Tomorrow it's back to regular sprinklers and hoses where irrigation didn't reach. Today was just a lucky day.
On Thursday I'll attempt to link to Canadian Garden Joy's meme Thursday Garden Item Review.