Didn't realize it had been so long, since my last post.
Had to make some hard decisions about irrigating this year.
Completely replaced all the water lines in the commercial orchard
and new risers and heads. Also put in a new system so we can
fertilize with liquid fertilizer through the water lines.
We have always used an above ground, dry fertilizer and had to have
a good rain to soak it into the ground to the roots. Timing was
everything and with the lack of rain it's been harder to gage.
Went ahead and replaced all the shut off valves to the
olive orchard and the pasture and fitted timers on everything.
Shane and a worker did a lot of it and we hired a man to set-up
all the timers. We decided that we will not irrigate the olives at all.
Olive trees can live for years without water and once the grass is all
fed down we will haul all the cow to the sale. That way we wont have
any water tanks leaking and it will save quite a bit.
I'm not ready to make drastic water cuts on my yard as yet,
to much invested, but I am cutting way back on my kitchen garden.
That makes me sad.