Friday, August 12, 2016

Actually Had Some Rain Today!


Yesterday I posted about us having such a dry summer and today it rained! Not a lot, but enough to give the garden and plants a good drink. I should have posted weeks ago, maybe the rain would have come sooner!

Every year we try to add to our gardening tools; last year it was shovels, this year it is hose nozzles. I know that sounds odd, but I like to have a decent nozzle at every hose. We have a hose in the garden room, one on the back deck, one on the front deck and one for the garden. The hose on the front deck has the RY Gardener nozzle and the nozzle works out really well because I can use it as a light mist all the way up to high pressure. Plus the handle is a no slip grip so even when my hands are wet I can hang onto it easily. I have used it for seedlings and even high pressure for cleaning off the deck.



I am already thinking of what will be on next year's shopping list. Floating row covers. We have had ours for about 13 years and they are really getting worn out.  I use them not only for plant protection from frost, but also plant protection from chickens. They love any freshly turned ground.

I think rain is in the forecast for tomorrow as well. I hope so!



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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Dry Year and The Plants Are Suffering



This has been an unusually dry and hot summer for us and it is really starting to show in our garden. Our well is only a 16' dug well, which has gone dry on us in past years so we are very careful with our water usage in years like this.

We save and use as much rain water as we can but even that storage is almost gone.

This year we have grown more food in planters and large pots on the deck and have an expandable hose with a fireman style nozzle that has been very handy. The nozzle makes it easy to control the flow of water so I don't feel as I am over watering and wasting water.
The weather forecast is for rain this weekend. I hope so, but that has also been the forecast the past few weekends and we  have yet so see any of this rain. The next town over has, but not us. Meanwhile I will save all of the cooking water (full of nutrition for the plants) and water sparingly.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

The AYL Flashlight


Every once in a while we receive a product for free/discount in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This week we received the AYL flashlight.

It is a compact light and also has a clip so you can hook it on your belt, this is nice considering that it would be a bit awkward to put in you pocket. I puts out a lot of light. I use the 18650 batteries that are included, I think they last longer then the 3 AAA. The zoom function works well, but like other Cree LED's when you zoom out you get a square light pattern, this is not a bad thing, it's just odd. Slide the zoom back just a bit and you get a normal light. This light has 3 brightness settings, a strobe setting and an SOS setting, not really sure what you would use the strobe setting for, if you were injured or in trouble you would use SOS. The flashlight comes with a battery holder to use 3 AAA batteries, a 18650 battery with sleeve and a charger to charge the 18650 battery.

The flashlight does give off a lot of light, which is great. We use a lot of flashlights around here and we like them to be bright and the batteries to be long lasting.





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