2 It was our shipment of 50-hoses and 10-telescoping sprinklers from Gilmour. Gilmour has a very durable collection of gardening supplies - these will all be put to great use at Skylands.
3 My gardener, Mike Harding, uncoils one of the new hoses and sets it up by the hose bib in the driveway. The light gray hose holder is from one of my old retail collections at Kmart - so decorative and sturdy, and they last many, many years. Do you have one?
4 The Gilmour 100-foot Flexogen hose is a heavy-duty eight-ply garden hose with a polished surface that resists abrasions, stains, and mildew.
5 My gardener, Wendy Norling, connects the hose end to the spigot. These hoses also offer the maximum kink-resistance, which is very important when selecting any garden hose.
6 Wendy sets-up the adjustable tripod sprinkler in the rustic woodland near the main house.
7 I love these tripod sprinklers - the height, distance and spray patterns can be adjusted to suit so many garden needs. They're also very, very sturdy, and because they're all-metal, they can stand-up to frequent use around the property.
8 We've had a little rain in Maine this week, but in general, it's been pretty dry in the Northeast. A good, even watering is great for maintaining these beautiful woodland trees, shrubs and moss.
9 If it's really hot, trees and shrubs may need up to three-inches a week without getting water-logged. Water-logging suppresses the breathing air of the roots out of the soil – the root cells drown without oxygen.
10 Back at my Bedford farm, we're also doing quite a bit of watering in the gardens. Morning is the best time to water - when water pressure is high, evaporation is low, and the soil can absorb the water before the sun heats up the ground.
11 The collar of these tripod sprinklers can be adjusted for partial to full circle coverage, and the pin diffuser allows for a customized spray from powerful jet to gentle mist.
12 The dial makes it easy to set the direction and length of spray.
13 Vegetable gardens need about an inch per week; however, in really warm weather, vegetables need extra for every 10-degrees that the average temperature is above 60-degrees Fahrenheit.
14 These heavy-duty sprinklers can cover up to 8500-square feet with a spray distance of 53-feet. They work perfectly for my vegetable and flower beds.
15 The adjustable tripod can also reach a height of 58-inches. Plus, it has spiked feet to keep it stable on grass or soil.
16 In my flower cutting garden, the tripod is angled to spray just above the tallest plantings. For flowers, one to two watering sessions per week are usually sufficient.
17 Look how far the sprinkler can reach - and the spray is consistent.
18 At Bedford, these Gilmour hoses coordinate well with the color I use on all the buildings and outdoor furniture - a color I designed called Bedford Gray. This hose is next to my carport.
19 Here is another hose in front of the Equipment Barn.
20 And, another on the side of my Winter House.
21 Gilmour also makes oscillating sprinklers that are easy to control in a variety of areas - they provide thousands of square feet in water coverage, and I use several around the farm for gently watering plants and lawns. They're very durable - mine have lasted several seasons already.
22 Here is another Gilmour oscillating sprinkler outside my Winter House watering parts of my terrace parterre and my dwarf apple orchard. Once the watering in one area is done, it's important to turn off the water at the source. Just turning off at the sprinkler puts a lot of pressure on the hoses and pipes.
24 This is the heavy duty power jet wand. Its design was inspired by professional power washers. It includes a jet spray tip which delivers a concentrated stream that's 12-percent more powerful than standard cleaning nozzles.
25 It has a comfortable and ergonomic grip with flow controls that regulate the force of the water stream.
26 The nozzles are great for not only watering the plants, but also for washing the cars, and for rinsing off dirty dog paws on a warm day. This one includes an all-in-one thumb control feature.
27 This nozzle is very easy to use and can be set to soft or hard sprays. The head of the nozzle turns depending on what is needed.
28 The Gilmour timer is also very handy. It has dual outlets to run two watering tools simultaneously, and programmable start time, frequency and duration features.
29 If hooked up to a sprinkler, it can be programmed to water any length of time from one minute to 360-minutes.This oscillating Gilmour sprinkler is watering my party lawn - an area where I like to set-up croquet and badminton equipment for spring and summer entertaining.
30 Here is another sprinkler set-up near the main house. Lightly sprinkling gravel roads also helps to keep the dust down.
31 Because of the lack of rainfall, we've had to do some watering around the farm. Fortunately, I have two wells that I use for irrigation purposes - all of the hoses and bibs are connected to an elaborate underground irrigation system. http://gilmour.com/where-to-buy