Last summer's heat and drought took a real toll on many gardens in Oklahoma. My roses at home did fine because I could easily water them on a regular basis. The roses in the Prague Rose Garden at the park had a harder time. Angie (my wife and best volunteer) and I walk in the park several time a week on the half mile trail, so we often would take a hose and sprinkler to water the roses as we walked. We would stop and move the sprinkler every couple of laps. This kept most of the roses alive; although, we did lose a few of them. Instead of remembering to take the hose to the park, then carrying it there, moving it around while we walk, and taking it back home, I decided that we could do better this coming year if I were to put in soaker hoses to take advantage of the three water spigots that are conveniently located in the garden. So I picked up a soaker hose from the hardware store and 5 gallon bucket of gardening tools and started installing the soaker hoses this weekend. Once they are all installed we will be able to water the garden much more simply and effectively while we are on our walks.
You can find soaker hoses at Harbor Freight and here are some coupons for Harbor Freight. Eventually, the hose should settle in right at the surface of the garden. I only got one of the two small sections put in, and I can tell that it is going to take a lot more hose than I expected but this is a good start.
Years ago, Delbert was serving an inner city church that had an empty lot next to it. He decided to plant a vegetable garden in the empty lot and planted a tall row of sunflowers on the back row. Since poverty and hunger were issues in the community why shouldn't this land be used to grow food. The garden grew up beautifully with the sunflowers standing as a beautiful symbol of hope in a despairing neighborhood. People would tell Delbert, "You know they will steal everything in the garden." Delbert would say, "No they won't." "Oh yes they will," his detractor would answer. Delbert would respond, "No, I won't let them." Sure of their position they would point out, "You live miles away and when you are gone they will come in and steal the vegetables, watermelon, and anything else that grows in it." Delbert persisted saying, "It is impossible for them to steal anything from the garden. I'm growing it for them so it is already theirs." Delbert always helped me to be less tied to the things in my life and more connected to the people.