Henry the Hose Loving Dog
Photo © Kerry Michaels
Ok, there are some scary things out there - even in garden-land. The New York Times published a very sobering article on lead in garden soil.
I was surprised that they didn't even touch on my up-in-the-middle-of-the-night obsession which is the very dangerous issue of lead in garden hoses. Water sitting in a garden hose that has been left in the sun can contain a level of lead that 100 times over what is deemed acceptable.
The good news is that you can buy "drink safe," hoses which are completely lead free. The great news is that Gardeners Supply now carries lightweight, drink-safe hoses in green and purple.
I don't know what makes it so satisfying, but drinking out of a hose really is one of life's great, small pleasures.