A long time ago, I started a vegetable gardening project with a group of women. Since there was no water nearby, the way we tended our individual plots was to draw water from an open well, and carry one bucket-full at a time to where the plants were. Then, using a cup, each precious drop of liquid was meted out onto the soil immediately surrounding the seedlings. This was a lot of work! How much easier it would have been, if we had access to a faucet and a length of hose!