To water the plants, I have a to make about 15-20 trips up and down a flight of stairs carrying my water can. It's more of a workout than I care to have, but the alternative was to raise a rock garden.
And those don't taste as good.
Last weekend I found a partial solution -- big jugs.
I figured if I could stage water up there, I could avoid the trips. And I could carry a jug up there every time I went upstairs, avoiding special trips.
Now I have 38 gallons of water stored on my deck. That's four 7 gallon containers and two 5 gallon containers. The 7 gallon containers weigh about 60 pounds when full, which makes me glad I didn't get the 10 gallon ones.
It makes the whole watering process go a lot more quickly. Of course it also demonstrated the depressing fact that my plants drink more than 60 gallons of water a week.
I'm just glad it's not printer ink.