One of the big problems I have every year is tomatoes cracking and splitting. It stems from inconsistent water. I tend not to water the plants too much and rely FAR too much on Mother Nature. And my success with pots and hanging baskets is pitiful since they need more frequent watering and I just don’t remember to do it enough.
This year I’m going to change that with several small investments that I expect to pay off in a bigger harvest, better quality vegetables and plants and, a lower water bill to boot!
One of the important components is a reliable water timer. My must-haves are:
- multiple schedules
- adjustable watering duration
- battery operation so I don’t have to plug it in.
- standard hose thread
- manual override so I can turn on the water and not have to reprogram the schedule
- easy to program
I think I’ve found all this and more in the Orbit SunMate line of dital water timers.
Single faucet water timer
Orbit 62061N-91213 Single-Dial Water Timer
$29.95 (free Prime shipping)
Double faucet water timer
Orbit SunMate Digital 2 Outlet Hose Faucet Timer Watering Equipment
$49.95 (free Prime shipping)
Triple faucet water timer
Orbit-SunMate 56082 3-Port Programmable Timer
$69.95 (free shipping)
I’ll be adding the 2 faucet version. It’ll let me run a raised bed soaker system on the timer and use the other spigot for a pot and hanging basket watering hose on a different schedule since they tend to dry out lots faster.