DIY Portable Watering System
by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener
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!
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