At the Monday group meeting there was a discussion that centered on Sonya’s suggestion that those of us who are part of the collective watering group consider creating watering subgroups to ease the burdan of trying to water 20 plots at a crack. My simple math skills reveal that if you can put the watering rig togeher in 15 minutes, water each of 20 plots for 5 minutes, and then put the rig away in 15 minutes, you are looking at a task of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
I think there are 2 basic approaches to this idea,,, either divide the garden into a few zones, with each zone’s water collective members watering just the zone, or divide the water collective members into a few teams, with each team sharing the task of watering the whole garden. Either approach means more watering events for each collective member, with the advantage that the watering task will be shorter.
Pros and Cons of each approach…
Present System -
Pros: All procedures in place and working. Each member only needs to participate twice per month.
Cons: Watering the entire garden is a big job. Weekends hard to cover.
Watering Zones -
Pros: Less watering time. More focus on how and what neighboring gardeners are doing.
Cons: More watering events. More time spent setting up and taking down the rig. Need to figure out how to do it and then make it happen.
Watering Teams -
Pros: Can use the existing scheduling system, teams instead of individuals. Less watering time per individual. Efficient rig set up and take down (one time for 20 plots).
Cons: More watering events. Scheduling would be the most structured… more people needed at one particular time, thus harder to organize. Need to figure out how to do it and then make it happen.
At first glance, if we want to make a change, the Watering Zones seems the most friendly. What are your thoughts? Please let me know.
NOTE!!! In the meantime, no changes to the existing process. Please check the calendar and be sure all the days are covered.