|Cans. So much cooler than bottles.|
Speaking of gardens, with the drought and use restrictions, it is a good time to think about how you water your plants. Drip irrigation is great, and once set up, minimal attention is required. You don't need as much water during these foggy periods, because the plants pick up a lot of dew, and they lose less through transpiration. You can adjust your program if it is automated, or sometimes, simply run it every other day. If you are watering by hand, a can is usually best. You really only want to water directly around the base of a plant. This keeps excess water off the leaves, which can lead to disease or burning, and directs the water to the roots. It also helps avoid geminating weed seeds that could be near by. You can water by hose, and one of those shower extender things makes it easier. Try to water early in the evening just before dark. Or after dark if you have a head lamp. With less wind, and sun, it gives the water a chance to better penetrate the soil and get to the roots. Any water left on the surface will likely evaporate in the next day's sun. The big secret is, it is totally worth it. Produce takes a lot of water. So does a shower. But fresh from the garden cucumbers and tomato salad? So worth it.