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Just got a letter in the mail saying Santa Cruz County is under water rationing. We are only allowed to water 2 days a week!

Looks like I am going to have to get out my old guerilla farming suit and do it under cover of darkness.

unless I can prove to the bastards they are edible! :D

Black pine salad anyone?
 
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Fill up the watering buckets, tubs, and pans on watering days, use them on non-watering days.



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Just got a letter in the mail saying Santa Cruz County is under water rationing. We are only allowed to water 2 days a week!

Looks like I am going to have to get out my old guerilla farming suit and do it under cover of darkness.

unless I can prove to the bastards they are edible! :D

Black pine salad anyone?

I have been saying for years that the Quasi-Socialists will eventually intrude their micromanagement philosophy into the realm of bonsai; it only takes time, a little here and a little there but eventually they will be telling you how many times a day you can flush your toilet.
 
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Will,

Too many buckets. Pouring out of a 5 gallon bucket sucks.

The water shortages per county and city are Geo political mostly.

Vance,

I would call them full blown socialist. Especially in this county.

We are like the France of the U.S. They are going to drive around trucks all day to try to catch the "waterers". If I see a black helicopter I'll have to dive under the rose bushes.

Anyone try Procumbens wrapped in Bacon?
 

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I feel sorry for the people with koi ponds, I change 1000 gals every week. If they pay close attention to your water usage, they will nail you to a cross.

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I feel sorry for the people with koi ponds, I change 1000 gals every week. If they pay close attention to your water usage, they will nail you to a cross.

Harry

No---No---N0-Harry, that would violate Church and State, can't do that, a cross would have too many religious connotations about it. They might tie him down to a fire ant nest. That way they would be helping another illegal imigrant (the fire ant) with needed public assistance and desposing of unwanted waste (FourMileMarc) at the same time.

As to the bucket brigade. I think this is the best way to handle it. If you put several large tubs on stands and linked them with a garden hose gravity might give you enough water pressure to water. If you can water 2 days a week and there are no restrictions on how much you can water I don't see how you could not get away with filling three or four large watering bins like you see on farms that are large enough you can bath in them. You could also use a drip watering system if you do not have too many trees.
 

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Get some plastic shipping barrels off of craigs list. Set them up on cinder blocks. Put a spigot at the bottom. Use the pressure to run the hose.
 

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Maybe you don't want me to drop by after all, Harry. I go into a local Chinese restaurant, see a certain armored catfish in the aquarium, and remember how tasty its South American cousin is.
 

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I feel sorry for the people with koi ponds, I change 1000 gals every week. If they pay close attention to your water usage, they will nail you to a cross.

Harry

In Florida they do punish abusers. (We have water meters that are read monthly - you don't?). The fines are too small however to discourage the heavy abusers. Of course we also have the agriculture industry pretty much wasting water by sprinkling overhead in the heat of the day, unlike what we are allowed to do.

My city regulations:

Lawn & Landscape Watering
• The one day a week schedule below must be followed.
• Properties less than two acres in size may only water before 8am or after 6pm.
• Properties two acres or larger may only water before 10 am or after 4 pm.
• Variances are available, through the Southwest Florida Water Management District, if a property proposes an alternate irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
• Hand watering or microirrigation of plants (Not grass, turf or sod)is allowed any day of the week but not during restricted times.
• Certain exemptions are available such as allowances for new plant material.

They made an exception for micro-irrigation (mister type heads) and hand watering - both workable and effective for many people's bonsai. My county even gave away free starter kits of the mister systems a few years ago if you attended a free workshop. Perhaps people under restrictions could check and see if there are exemptions for such systems and if not lobby the agency to see if one could be put in place. Our regulations in Florida would be a good case in point.

Harry - that's nothing. There's a person in Tampa that uses 16,000 gallons a day or 6,000,000 per year and has for the past two years. That's the type of abuse that needs to stop. Nobody knows what this goof ball is doing and the fines are so small it's does not phase him.
 

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In Florida they do punish abusers. (We have water meters that are read monthly - you don't?). The fines are too small however to discourage the heavy abusers. Of course we also have the agriculture industry pretty much wasting water by sprinkling overhead in the heat of the day, unlike what we are allowed to do.

My city regulations:

Lawn & Landscape Watering
• The one day a week schedule below must be followed.
• Properties less than two acres in size may only water before 8am or after 6pm.
• Properties two acres or larger may only water before 10 am or after 4 pm.
• Variances are available, through the Southwest Florida Water Management District, if a property proposes an alternate irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
• Hand watering or microirrigation of plants (Not grass, turf or sod)is allowed any day of the week but not during restricted times.
• Certain exemptions are available such as allowances for new plant material.

They made an exception for micro-irrigation (mister type heads) and hand watering - both workable and effective for many people's bonsai. My county even gave away free starter kits of the mister systems a few years ago if you attended a free workshop. Perhaps people under restrictions could check and see if there are exemptions for such systems and if not lobby the agency to see if one could be put in place. Our regulations in Florida would be a good case in point.

Harry - that's nothing. There's a person in Tampa that uses 16,000 gallons a day or 6,000,000 per year and has for the past two years. That's the type of abuse that needs to stop. Nobody knows what this goof ball is doing and the fines are so small it's does not phase him.

Our water supplies are lakes, and the only time water is rationed is during a drought year, other than that, we can use all the water we want. My water bill will run from 75 bucks in the winter to 125 bucks in the summer.

Harry
 

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Welcome to the future. It has been said that future wars will be fought over water. Many countries in the world now have similar strategies concerning the use of water but it sucks if you live in a meditteranean climate where your trees need all the water it can during summer. I suggest a desalination option if you live close to the ocean. Wish i could pass on a little bit of lake Huron to you.
 

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I say we root for the pig flu to eliminate a bunch of spare people. That way there will be plenty natural resources for everyone.

;)*just kidding*;)
 

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Flush all you want Vance. You won't be here when the @#$% hits the fan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aral_Sea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer

-Dave


Exactly. People who wont be here dont care. "Let the grandkids worry about it." haha. Damn nazis also want our cars to burn cleaner fuels and get better mileage. Whats their problem? They need to mind their own business and let us continue on as we please. Pig flu is a good option.
 
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Just got a letter in the mail saying Santa Cruz County is under water rationing. We are only allowed to water 2 days a week!

Looks like I am going to have to get out my old guerilla farming suit and do it under cover of darkness.

unless I can prove to the bastards they are edible! :D

Black pine salad anyone?

Here in Rio Linda, CA we have been water rationing since last summer. The water company is mainly concerned about over watering our yards with water wasting sprinklers and hosing down our sidewalks, patios, ect. Hand watering of potted plants is O.K. even every day so you may want to double check the specific details of your limitations.
Mary B.
 

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Welcome, Nip. Perhaps it even may be their great-great grandkids, but with the mind set of some (most) prevailing, it is wishful thinking. My Great Grandmother lived to meet 7 of her great great grandchildren. Even if you don't run out of water in the North, you can run out of food for the whole world.

-Dave

p.s. I don't think watering your bonsai is a waste of water. But, wasting water IS wasting water. Be smart everyone.
 
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I just saw a program about California's Emerald Triangle and the growing of "medicinal" Marijuana. Now I know why there is a water shortage there!
 
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Ok, just got back from the watering mission at 0630. I was mostly clear of nosey neighbors and did not see any black helicopters. Then I realized, hey it's raining, in May. I don't need to water today.

Typical government. I wonder if any of those beuro's knows that filling up 3 55 gallon drums 2 days a week uses just as much water as hand irrigating my plants every day.

Hopefully my neighbors won't turn me in. The government has been encouraging this for a long time. Turn in thy neighbor.

Brave new world we live in.
 

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You should be collecting that rain water.
I use rain water for my trees. I figured out how much I need on hand to make it through our mini droughts. Works great, free, and nobody decides how often I can water my trees but me.
 

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Every drop of water that has ever been on the earth is still here, except the gallon of so we sent off in space, all we have to do is find a better way to reclaim it. Hopefully reclamation will start before the sh*t hits the fan. If our dumb ass government would quit adding pork projects on all the bills like the bridge in Alaska, we could already have the technology to do it.

Harry
 

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