A couple of our students helped lift up heavy flower pots onto light poles today. To do this they needed a bobcat and a ladder and at least one of the guys had to be very strong. That was Zach. The new hanging pots are self-watering which should save a lot of time this summer because hand watering while standing in a Gator or other vehicle was time consuming. The self-watering aspect is kind of interesting. Wrapped inside each pot is a piece of permeable carpeting which is watered down. Then the soil and plants are put in. The wet carpet keeps the soil moist much longer than if it weren't there. Maybe once a week or so, the spout of the pot gets water in it and re-wets the carpet. If there is rain, maybe 2 weeks will go by before having to do this.
Geordie is manipulating the Bobcat while Zach tries to hook it onto the lamp post. Zach is one of our field workers at Holy Cross.
This reminded me of how our weekend in Collinsville went. Dale planted a large number of big pots with flowers for our back deck. There got to be so many I finally asked him how we were going to keep them watered since we aren't there all the time. He had no real answer except to look at me like I'd be driving over a lot to water. Hmmm. So I decided to try something different and ordered some plant watering spikes from Amazon. Which came Tuesday already. The idea of these is to screw each one onto an empty soda or water bottle filled with water, a one liter bottle is best. Then completely wet the soil in the pots followed by sticking the spike as far down toward the roots as possible. When the soil dries, the bottle disgorges the necessary water.
Those in the picture aren't the half of them.