Vegetable Bins Flood

The ugly little garden has gotten off to a rough start.  We installed soaker hoses in each bin, and I turned them on.  I planned to come back an hour later and turn them off.

 

Planting containers full of annuals up at the house distracted me, and I didn’t return to the vegetable bins for five hours.

 

All three bins were flooded. Despite having drainage holes, the amount of water coming in was too much for the bins to drain. The water and soil was flowing over the side of each container and the pumpkin bin had begun to tilt and slide down the hill. Plus as the water left it took soil, so I was left with gaping holes in the planter and plants that had migrated to new positions in the bins.

 

The lesson I gathered from my “experienced” gardening friends is “get a timer to turn on and off the flow of water,” because despite my best intentions, I will forget to do it.

 

The squash and pepper plants are under water from the soaker hose being left on too long.
The squash and pepper plants are under water from the soaker hose being left on too long.

 

I had better start bailing before the pumpkin bin slides down the hill.
I had better start bailing before the pumpkin bin slides down the hill.

 

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11 thoughts on “Vegetable Bins Flood

  1. Whoops! 🙂 That sounds like something I would do. I had to buy a timer – I’ve forgotten way too many times. I have to turn mine on, it’s not that smart, but it turns itself off and that’s what really matters.

    1. Whoops! 🙂 That sounds like something I would do. I had to buy a timer – I’ve forgotten way too many times. I have to turn mine on, it’s not that smart, but it turns itself off and that’s what really matters.

      Hi Andrea– Nice to hear from you. Right now I am carrying around my digital kitchen timer. Our water pressure is so strong I don’t need to have the soakers on for long.

    1. gosh, looks like ketchikan — or even worse! Heidi – you are too funny. Note there is sun. 🙂 Hey in Ketchikan all that water in each bin would just be a puddle. 🙂

  2. Glad to h
    Paulaear others forget to turn off the water. Last week I watered plants, got sidetracked and Rosemary found water spraying around the patio area as the hose had burst. There was a gadget on the end that kept the water from flowing out so the pressure was too much and poof, wasted water, popped hose and clean patio.

    1. Glad to h
      Paulaear others forget to turn off the water. Last week I watered plants, got sidetracked and Rosemary found water spraying around the patio area as the hose had burst. There was a gadget on the end that kept the water from flowing out so the pressure was too much and poof, wasted water, popped hose and clean patio.

      Paula- Ted told me this morning that I needed some pressure reducers. Perhaps I do. I am glad to know others have had this experience. I guess it was my first time with a flood since it is my first garden.

  3. Ha! I don’t feel so bad now…2 days ago I unhooked one of the irrigation hoses on my spiffy new system that waters the sizable garden and orchard from the pond. I forgot to reattach the hose and when the automatic system cycled to the garden zone, water shot out of the hook-up like a fire hydrant! It took 2 days to dry out enough for me to drive the tractor back in the garden through the mud…fine farmers, we, don’t you think? 🙂

    1. Ha! I don’t feel so bad now…2 days ago I unhooked one of the irrigation hoses on my spiffy new system that waters the sizable garden and orchard from the pond. I forgot to reattach the hose and when the automatic system cycled to the garden zone, water shot out of the hook-up like a fire hydrant! It took 2 days to dry out enough for me to drive the tractor back in the garden through the mud…fine farmers, we, don’t you think?

      Oh Cindy! That’s a good one. I can see it now. Like the fountains at the Billagio Hotel in Las Vegas– just kidding. 🙂 We all need a gadget to keep track of what we do, but take care we don’t want farmer robots to take over. Thanks for sharing your tale.

  4. I have the opposite problem, this past week was so hot in Bend and I kept forgetting to water a few of my plants that aren’t on a drip and they got so sad looking. My rhubard is half dead leaves but I’m trying to bring it back.

    1. I have the opposite problem, this past week was so hot in Bend and I kept forgetting to water a few of my plants that aren’t on a drip and they got so sad looking. My rhubard is half dead leaves but I’m trying to bring it back.

      Karen:
      Although rhubarb did great in Ketchikan, I have found I have troubles getting it t grow here. I wonder if i is because it is so hot and dry in comparison. I would describe the rhubarb in Ketchikan as mammoth! I didn’t realize you guys have such hotter weather than we do. Thanks for checking in. P.S. I think your weekend may be cooler . Our temps dramatically fell last night.

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