On the homestead we are always looking for ways to streamline our daily chores. Time is a precious thing, and there never seems to be enough of it to get all that we want done in a day. During the scorching days of July and August one of our daily time consuming chores is watering the gardens. Unless we get a decent downpour of rain we rarely get a break from watering. This summer Leighton had the idea to add hoses to the garden to lighten our workload. By adding these hoses to the big garden we have freed up approximately 45 minutes a day of watering (have I mentioned how clever my husband is 🙂 ). Now, instead of heading out every morning and/or evening to do the watering we can turn on the hose (which takes about 5 minutes) and let the power of the sun do our chores for us. Here is how we did it.
The supplies we used:
- 1000L water tank, set up on a platform to let gravity do it’s work.
- 12v solar pump
- 200 feet of Miracle Gro Soaker hoses
- Screw in hose clamps
- Garden hose
- 40w Solar panel, big for what we are using it for, but we had it
- 12v battery, used from a battery operated ride on tractor
Earlier this year my Mom found us a great deal on a large water tank, the kind we have been looking at purchasing, but had never splurged on. We were able to get our 1000L tank used for $40.00. If you choose to buy a used water tank, always be 100% sure what was stored in it previously.
This project started by raising the tank on a platform to allow gravity to work for us. Then connecting the water tank to the eaves trough from both our house and the garden shed.
We ordered these soaker hoses online because we couldn’t find them in our local hardware store and spent an afternoon laying them in the garden and hooking them up.
It didn’t take long to connect them to the sides of the garden using screw in clamps and string them along the rows of plants. If you are not able to use screw clamps you could position the hoses with rocks or stakes. To make sure we were laying the hose at the base of the plants we installed them after we planted the garden, but before the plants crowded the rows.
Once the soaker hoses are installed use a regular garden hose and connect it to the hose in the garden using the connector that is provided with the soaker hose.
The garden hose is then connected to a small pump that is run on a battery, which is charged by a solar panel. We ordered this small 12v pump through amazon.ca. The solar panel is an old panel that was leftover from another project. The battery we are using is a leftover 12v battery from one of the boys ride on toys.
We still have to set up a cover for the battery so it is not exposed to the elements. In the meantime it is covered by a bucket.
So far this system is working wonderfully for us, it slowly releases the rain water over a longer period of time, allowing the plants to really soak it up. It not only frees up time for us, but also water. Instead of relying on our well we are able to use the rain water collected in our big tank.
Once we had gathered all the supplies this project took approximately 1/2 a day to set up and install.
How do you save time in the garden? Want to check out other ways we have lightened our daily workload? Take a look at this easy automatic poultry watering system.
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