During the winter months, I turn off the water supply to the gardens, to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Once the overnight temperatures are safely above freezing, I turn them on again, which I did yesterday.
This year, I didn’t have any burst pipes… but I did have one broken tap to repair, that was probably kicked by a landscaper or deer:
An easy repair:
I could then turn on the water. For the east side, I have a valve box that I installed last year, that lets me individually control the water to the chicken coops, veggie garden & shop, and pond/gazebo areas (plus an underground tap that I used over winter to refill the chicken water):
For the west side, there’s another valve box. The boxes tend to fill with dirt, which is fine as it protects them from freezing, but has to be dug out a bit:
I then added water timers to the various garden beds. Large areas typically have automatic timers like this:
Here’s the repaired tap again, with a manual timer attached. We use these manual timers for lower-priority irrigation areas:
I then started filling the fountain. Here’s the frog that lives in the center of the fountain:
The fountain nearly full. We plan to remove the flower girl statue part of the fountain at some point:
I also scooped leaves out of the small pond at the end of the stream. That took a while; it was pretty much chock full of them. Here, you can see the pump:
Then I turned on the pump, and the stream started circulating. So nice to have that running water again, and I’m sure the cats will enjoy it too:
Finally, I mowed all of the lawns and the field:
A busy day of garden maintenance!