Water for the Garden

When the house was renovated we had two new outdoor faucets installed.

Our new hose bibb on the side of the conservatory.
Our new hose bibb on the side of the conservatory.

When they were installed we were told the spigots were a special type which don’t freeze.

Anti-freeze hose bib

The valve of the spigot is actually about a foot into the house so water doesn’t sit in the area of the faucet that might freeze.

The water is running even though the valve is closed.

Unfortunately they are both leaking — not dripping — actually running when they’re turned off. (This has happened before.)

The hose bibs are important so Charlie can water newly planted seeds in the garden.

Charlie called our contractor who came out to change both hose bibs.

Radish and broccoli seeds will soon be in the ground.

I think we’re set now to start planting the garden.

What’s your first crop this year?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Water for the Garden”

  1. I had a friend who had the same issues with a “freeze proof” faucet. I think she ended up doing away with it. Good luck with yours – I hope the problem is fixed.

    1. This is the second time. Next time we’ll change. Might be that it’s not exactly set right — needs a bit of tilt to empty itself. Jo

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