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A late start to the sprinklers this year

Watering the garden

Some years, we bring out the hoses and hook up the sprinklers in April; this year it's nearly June.  That said, my sun dances seem to have been working --- highs up to 90 and a week without rain has started cracking the earth as it shrinks and dries.  Garden growth is slowing down too --- thus hauling out the sprinklers.

Sprinkler and barnYou can read all about the reason we designed our irrigation system the way we did here.  The initial setup cost a couple of hundred bucks, but the sprinklers and hoses have been going strong for four years now without an end in sight.  I did take a minute to grease each sprinkler before getting started this spring, which should prevent the trouble I had with a couple of sprinklers getting stuck in one spot previously.  That small bit of maintenance aside, irrigation of the vegetable garden is now nearly trouble-free --- just flip a switch and change a valve every few hours.

Our chicken waterer makes watering the backyard flock even easier than watering the garden.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Where do you get your water for the sprinklers? Well or pond? Do you use an electric pump with an expansion tank?

Have you considered using drip irrigation on any parts of the homestead?

Comment by BSmith Fri May 31 10:09:12 2013
Bsmith --- Please read over the lunchtime series on this topic, being sure to click through to each post linked in the green box at the bottom of the first post. I suspect you'll find answers to all of your questions there, but feel free to comment again if I've missed any.
Comment by anna Fri May 31 12:02:43 2013
I'm so glad to see you cover this topic. I knew you used sprinklers, but I guess I missed the irrigation setup post. This is probably one of my biggest hurdles. Although I'd love to get started now, we're actually (almost) half way through the growing season at this point, so I might stick to hand watering this season and make this a priority project for fall/winter. Anyway, I will check out your lunchtime series to see what you guys have done with your system. Thanks!
Comment by Sara Sun Jun 2 09:35:39 2013

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