Changing Things

I resist change.  In face, I can be pretty stubborn about it, even after being convinced intellectually that change is necessary.

When we first put in our gardens I didn’t run water lines to them.  We never irrigated the garden when I was growing up, so I saw no reason to do it now.  We’ll just rely on nature to provide the water we need, I reasoned.

A year of hauling buckets of water to the gardens proved the foolishness of that notion.

So we installed water lines, bought a lot of hose and sprinklers, and we were able to irrigate.

I was aware of drip tape irrigation, but saw no reason why we’d need that. We have no shortage of water and overhead irrigation worked just fine as far as I was concerned.

Over the past few years, however, I’ve become increasingly aware of the advantages of using drip tape.  The water is distributed more evenly.  The corners don’t get missed. Fewer weeds are irrigated.  Less problems with soil crusting and seed drift.  Better germination.  Less plant disease. The list goes on and on.

But I just didn’t want to change to a new method.  I was being stubborn.

I’m still stubborn, but this year I’m planning to start using the drip tape.  I’m finally accepting what should have been obvious to me years ago.

And I’m looking forward to seeing how it works for us.