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Garden Irrigation with Deep Well Pump, T-tape, and Overhead Sprinkler

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Published on Jun 17, 2012

For the past few years, I've been irrigating my gardens with a deep well submersible pump run by a generator. The cost of gas made it an expensive venture. So I decided to run wire from my house down to the creek, and hard-wire the pump. I can now open a panel box, flip a breaker, and have water flowing to any garden that needs it.

I'm filling an IBC container with water and setting a small utility pump in it for connecting to my drip irrigation system. It does a good job of maintaining the pressure needed to get good flow to the t-tape. The t-tape has a very slow drip, so the water has time to soak in before it runs away from the plants roots. This is a very efficient way to use a limited amount of water.

With t-tape for bottom watering, and a standard field sprinkler for overhead watering, I have eliminated the drought issue that is so often a problem during the summer. If I could add solar panels and batteries, I'd be able to water the gardens even if we had a complete power outage. That's expensive, so I'll have to put it on my to-do list, somewhere.

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