Today I pulled up all of my drip irrigation lines as I haven't watered with my automated system in a month. I've been hand watering with free water from my Friskars rainbarrel. It holds 48 gallons of water, and it fills up in about 20 minutes with any decent rainstorm. I bought mine for $18 a year ago because it was the last one Home Depot had and also because it had a little white smudge on it. It's been great to have around. I've used less metered water this year than any other even though I've grown more than I ever have. I think it's a good time to look for these closeout bargains at stores in your neighborhood. Rainbarrels, seeds, trowels, and other garden equipment can usually be found for great deals this time of year. This is what my gardens look like right now-things are up and alive and all looking good for my winter harvest. Clockwise from upper left is open leaf radicchio(Fiero), chard, 2 Star lettuce, and Komatsuna. I noticed today that I'm still getting 7 hours of full sun on my gardens. It's almost like spring but I have no pests this time of year. The winter harvest should be great.
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