It is a solenoid. We inherited a drip irrigation system when we moved into this house nine years ago. The system has been pretty good and we have only had to have one visit from professionals to fix a problem we had when an animal had chewed through some wires. This time the solenoid was the problem. Each of the solenoids is housed in a box and we haven’t looked into these boxes as there is really no need to.
In future we will make sure we do regular inspections of the boxes as there was a problem in one of the boxes that caused our system to stop working. When I checked the box I discovered that the solenoid was completely covered with roots from a neighbouring bush. After I had removed all the offending roots I discovered that the roots had damaged the solenoid.
I was able to go to the irrigation store and buy a new solenoid and my clever husband was able to put the new solenoid in.
Part of the love of gardening is the enjoyment to be had from the fruits of your labour. When vegetables and fruit ripen and flowers and bushes bloom you can take the time to enjoy your hard work.
We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year but I only planted the tiny tomatoes, not those that you use for making sauce so I had to buy a box of tomatoes to make our sauce. I have made a batch of sauce from eight kilos of tomatoes. I usually cook the sauce in two kilo lots so it was four lots of cooking over a couple of days.
The batch is now waiting for me to put on the labels.