Water, water everywhere... Well, to transport fresh, clean cold water to the far reaches of a flower and or vegetable garden, you better have made an investment in the spring of a good garden hose. We have various flower blooming areas scattered around the yard and our vegetables are a ways up a slopping rise. When to water? Old Mr. Gardiner, who kept an immaculate yard and a small tidy, black-shuttered house in the neighborhood, used to water his lawn thoroughly in the evening by hand. As a young lad of 12, I asked him why at night. His theory was that the grass would stay wet all night and have a good opportunity to soak into the soil. Made sense to me. On the other side of the coin, when it comes to flowers, I live with a pretty savvy gardener. She has related to me that watering at night can allow fungus to buildup on the plant or grass. Water in the daytime, so water soaks the soil but has time to dry from the leaves. Make sense to me. You see, when I'm found in the 'land of the lost', I'll believe just about anything. Back then, I thought the old guy made sense; these days I know this dame makes sense! On this latter fact, I've learned the hard way in a few cases over the years... and not just about watering gardens, I might add here. Now, I do know (I've been taught) that watering plants in hot, bright sun is a no, no. The droplets will act as a magnifying glass and actually burn the foliage. Makes sense to me. So there you have it, short and concise- Birdman's overly simple guide to watering your plants. Oh, and make sure you have enough rubber tubing to reach the far confines of your plants, especially if they reside for the summer up a slight hill. I need a couple of lengths that run about 200 feet or so. If you've got plenty of hose, you're living on easy street, right? Not quite, a sprinkler that won't cooperating going back and forth and a nozzle that won't attach correctly are areas I've been struggling with lately, but these issues I'll leave for another day. Makes sense to me. ps. Afternoon showers are a beautiful thing! Happy sprinkling!