DIY Portable Watering System

 

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener

 

 

This system can easily be removed from the ATV when the dump bed is needed.

Getting water to remote garden areas can be a real pain.  Unrolling and rolling up 150 to 200 feet of garden hose is not a fun job, especially if you have to do it several times a week.  I use a portable watering system at work and with the help of my husband, have made something similar to use in my gardens.  I thought I would share it with you.

I have an ATV with a dump bed that I use to transport the water.  We began by securing a 30 gallon plastic barrel, which has two openings in the top, to the back of the ATV with a ratchet strap.  It sets in the dump bed.  A 12 volt transfer pump is wired to a 12 volt automobile battery and an on/off switch was installed between the battery and pump.  These also set in the dump bed.

A Y-shaped diverter, with shut off valves,  was screwed to the outlet of the transfer pump.  We then attached a section of garden hose to each of the diverter openings, one going to the watering wand and the other, acting as a recirculator, going to one of the holes in the top of the barrel.  The shut-off valves act as a pressure regulator by diverting more or less water to the tank and the wand.  We ran a garden hose from the supply barrel to the inlet of the pump.  We had to purchase fittings for the pump to fit the garden hoses.

I bought a 40 inch gutter cleaning wand, with a ratcheting head, online.  It will extend to 70 inches.  Great for reaching window boxes!  This wand is designed to provide a blasting flow of water, so my husband drilled out the nozzel so I would have a stream of water with more volume and less pressure.  Worked like a charm!

My plants are happy and so am I!  Reminds me of the saying, happy wife=happy life! Lol! Thank you dear!

 

As always, Happy Gardening!

 

More information about gardening and related subjects is available online at www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/garden_pubs  The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service can be reached at 499-6334 in LaGrange Co., 636-2111 in Noble Co., 925-2562 in DeKalb Co. and 668-1000 in Steuben Co.

 

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