The Importance of Water

Posted by Francesca

Despite the hot weather, I’ve been feeling quite energetic these days.  Of course, I’ve been drinking a lot of water to keep myself hydrated, which got me thinking about all of the plants out in the gardens and wondered if they were getting enough water?

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Hey Sharkey!  It's such a beautiful day.  I feel like taking a spin around the farm in the Kawasaki.  What do you say?

1 Hey Sharkey! It's such a beautiful day. I feel like taking a spin around the farm in the Kawasaki. What do you say?

Oh, I don't know, Francesca.  I am quite comfortable lounging beneath this tree.  Maybe GK will go with you?

2 Oh, I don't know, Francesca. I am quite comfortable lounging beneath this tree. Maybe GK will go with you?

Move along, Francesca.  I'm not budging from this spot for awhile!

3 Move along, Francesca. I'm not budging from this spot for awhile!

Sharkey is snoozing outside and GK is asleep in the kitchen!  I guess they're observing the dog days of summer.  They're no fun at all!  I guess I'll take the Kawasaki out for my own adventure today!  What should I do?

4 Sharkey is snoozing outside and GK is asleep in the kitchen! I guess they're observing the dog days of summer. They're no fun at all! I guess I'll take the Kawasaki out for my own adventure today! What should I do?

Oh I know, I'll go on sprinkler patrol and make sure they're all working properly and see that nothing gets over-watered or under-watered!

5 Oh I know, I'll go on sprinkler patrol and make sure they're all working properly and see that nothing gets over-watered or under-watered!

These boxwoods are being nicely watered.  Boxwoods typically need watering about once a week, or more often if it's especially hot or if it's especially dry.

6 These boxwoods are being nicely watered. Boxwoods typically need watering about once a week, or more often if it's especially hot or if it's especially dry.

And I can't forget about the sprinklers by the netted blueberry pergola!  The blueberries are starting to ripen and need plenty of water right now to become nice and plump.  We wouldn't want them to shrivel on the bush before we can pick them!

7 And I can't forget about the sprinklers by the netted blueberry pergola! The blueberries are starting to ripen and need plenty of water right now to become nice and plump. We wouldn't want them to shrivel on the bush before we can pick them!

However, I think the blueberries have had sufficient water.  Over-watering can cause the fruit to split.  Generally speaking, plants should receive about the equivalent of 1-inch of rainwater per week.

8 However, I think the blueberries have had sufficient water. Over-watering can cause the fruit to split. Generally speaking, plants should receive about the equivalent of 1-inch of rainwater per week.

We wouldn't want to damage our plants or waste water now, would we?

9 We wouldn't want to damage our plants or waste water now, would we?

Comments (12)

  • ..what a helper you are, good job!..we ferals help monitor things here at the farm/ranch...Ivan and Ivanka are curled up here in the living room..we are babysitting them..they are nice german shepherds but none the less they make me nervous..so I am out of here..later, Black Mama

  • Hi Francesca,
    I guess it is lazy bones day at the farm. Sharkey and GK just want to relax.
    But you took care of things on your own so that was a good thing. Glad to see that all
    the plants are getting watered properly.
    By the way, did your assistants change their hours? We post but thru don't get on at the usual time. Oh well, everyone deserves to sleep in once in a while.
    Well, Karen left early this morning to get those stitches out. Maybe she will be able to eat real food again.
    It is such a beautiful cool morning. The sun is not out yet so I guess I will partake in Lazy Bones Day myself and head to the deck.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Francesca I just love you!!! You are the cutest, most helpful little one!! I enjoy reading the Daily Wag every day!! Please say hello to Sharkey and GK for me!!!

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Francesca, you sure did a great job checking on how much water is needed to grow all of those great things at the farm! You looked so marvelous enjoying your trip around the farm and Sharkey and GK looked so tired and cute, also! Did the blueberries get picked yet! My Mom absolutely loves them! Hope you have another great day and hug your two buddies for me! Black Mama, was nice to hear from you this morning and hope you stay safe where ever you are! Maddox, sure hope you have a great day and hope Karen is doing better everyday! Will wait to hear from the rest of you buddies later! I need to go back and read the rest of your comments from yesterday that I missed! Stay cool everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good morning Frannie,
    Great job keeping an eye on the watering. We lost a new plant to the heat. The landscapers replaced one that did not make it through the winter with a big healthy specimen. We watered & gave it a transplant-helper-alonger fertilizer, but then the heat came. It's not completely gone but I'll have to keep an eye on it.
    Chihuahua kisses to Karen and Mimi "hugs". We know Maddox will be is a great comfort.
    Sure hope everybody else is doing o.k. this summer.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey and sleepy G.K.,
    We loved the photos of sleepy G.K. and Sharkey keeping cool under the greens. Franny you are a good driver and ambitious to go out checking on the sprinklers on a hot day. Its cooler here after numerous thunderstorms last night.
    Thank you for everyone wishing Abby to get well. Her stomach seems borderline today so we are keeping our paws crossed. She is not eating much but seems perky. She howled, yes, howled yesterday at work when they clipped her nails. has to be done, what can I say??
    Dudley, hope you are keeping cool and that your Mom has lots of yummy blue berries. Kirby, sorry to hear about your tail wound and hope it feels better. Missy Chow, are you keeping cool up in New England? Brutus and Max, enjoy your outdoor day with your Daddy. Maddox, hope Karen's mouth feels better! Black Mama, the shepherds will help keep the coyotes away and will protect you. I know you are very smaart and patrol all the farm activities. Delia and Kitty, I am sending you my finest purrrrrs.
    Ruby, hope your dad feels better and look out for paint on your pretty tail. Mom has a boarder dog at work that looks like you Ruby, her name is Abby! Mom keeps calling her "Ruby" by mistake, but the dog is timid and likes all attention. She could be your twin.
    Keep cool glue squad buddies, Riley,Martha, Lucy, Dixie Boy, and all-
    puurrrrrs- James Dean

  • Hello F,S, GK and all our GS buddies:
    We loved the water blog, Franny - our mom loves this part of gardening and every night (if it hasn't rained in the day) she waters her garden. She says its relaxing and she uses the time to think about what needs doing in the garden. We love water ourselves, and a day at the beach is wonderful.
    Its been a lot cooler up here - we are now located at the western tip of Lake Ontario, just north of Niagara Falls, NY (but on the Canadian side!).
    Well we must get going, gotta help Dad vacuum the pool and supervise the job - its easy to miss bits so we patrol the edge and point out spots he has missed. Riley is now very careful where he puts his feet! Don't want any more accidental swimming on his part! Love and Beardie bounces to all - Martha, Riley boy and Miz Lu.

  • Good girl Frannie for keeping tabs on the gardens!

    It's been downright toasty as of late, I can imagine the water was much needed.

    I keep a water bottle handy and nurse it all day long. It's my beverage of choice. :)

    Stay cool!
    gail

  • Hello Francesca & all my Glue Squad Buddies,
    Sorry Sharkey and G.K. didn't go out and help patrol with you, but then some hot day you can take it easy and lounge and they can supervise things. You are very good at this watering and checking on things. We have 1 blueberry on our new bushes. Maybe more soon. Still working on painting. Dad saw his surgeon yesterday and we are waiting anxiously by the phone today for his surgery date. I will keep you posted. The surgeon did tell the folks that things have been caught early and it is a 99% chance of cure. Yahoooooooo!!!! I better start practicing my nursing skills for taking care of him. Maybe Mom and I can bake him up a big batch of Warrior Prince Biscuits and then when I take care of him, we can have biscuits and milk. Good idea isn't it? Better get back to my supervising painting post. Glad you are starting to feel better Abby, now Kirby no more tail biting. Everyone else, hugs to all and have a GEM of a day.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi Frannie, Sharkey & GK & Glue Squad Buddies--grrrrrr, we had internet problems most of the day and finally Dad got it straightened out. So a late in the day posting for me. Frannie, you did a great job checking on the plants and sprinklers. Someone has to do it, right??? Mom loves blueberries especially the big juicy ones. Your helpers were slacking off today. Abby, glad you are feeling better. Maddox, hope Karen is feeling better too with the stitches removed today. Make sure she doesn't eat anything too hard too soon. Black Mama, any more news on a new addition? James Dean, the weather in New England is suppose to get a little more comfortable, less humidity the next few days. We had a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon, the sky opened up and there was some flash flooding in the Boston area. Mom didn't have to water her plants last night. Hi Rebel, Dudley Do Right, Zoe, Ruby,Kitty, Kirby and all my other buddies.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello all!
    Francesca, what broad shoulders you must have carring all the weight of the farm during this hot summer time. We understand that Sharkey and GK need their rest, but one little Frenchie can't be expected to do it all! Hope you got extra treats!
    Well, the day started out great. Mom came home from work and I went outside early. GREAT weather! No humidity, temps in the 60's! Then Dad got up. He took me to the vet! No one asks me if I wanted to go. I was scratching for the last couple of weeks and they caught me scooting around in the gravel on my butt. That did it! Off to the vets. And yes, the vet is nice....she's pretty too! but still. They expressed my glands. I know, I know. Everyone who has had that done is cringing. But I do feel better and they gave me medication for the hot spots. So, hopefully that's over for a while.
    Max, here, hehehehehe! Better Brutus than me! Wait, did I here Mom make an appointment for me with the vets! NOOOOO!!!!!! I'm not scratching, I'm not scooting! Help!!!!!!
    I, Brutus, am back....Max is a wimp.
    Maddox, we hope Karen feels better and is on the get well track. Jimmy Dean, we wish Abby the best and happy to hear she is improving.
    Must be off to enjoy this beautiful evening.
    Pugs and kisses.
    Brutus and Max

  • Ahhhh lazzzzzy day for GK and Sharkey ;-) and you my sweet pup Franny, you're always helping out, such a good doggie!!! :-)
    It's been cool and windows are open at night with fresh cool air to sleep by....

    Karen I hope you're doing better!

    hugs,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

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