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Thick Ice

ice tank 2009
The top layer of ice in the irrigation tank has been thick enough to demand a heavy hammering in order to clear enough space to allow a 5 gallon bucket to be submerged.

This is what it must feel like to go ice fishing, although I hear one needs to use a heavy saw to cut through much thicker ice than what we have here.

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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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Hi its me again, I wanted to let you know about 2 inventions I have discovered on youtube. One is GLOBAL BUCKETS. type that in the search engine you will out how 2 kids created their garden from 5 gallon buckets and watered them through a siphoning process which they don't need to water their plants because its automaticly done for them. If that creek near your place is elevated above your place you could use the siphoning system to bring the water to you without using electricity, it uses gravity--actually atmospheric pressure. but it works and is free to do. Note: using pvc the animals like to chew on it. So I would use something else, metal pipes or if possible, bury the pipe. Also, type Ram pump into youtube search engine, If the water is downhill from you, you can bring it up to you without electricity. From what I have read so far, A 10 foot drop from the water source, will allow you to bring the water uphill up to 100 feet. I hope this information is helpfull.

Comment by john york Mon Jul 11 11:42:11 2011
Our creek is at the bottom of the property, so no siphoning for us. We did look into RAM pumps, but you have to come up with a two foot drop in elevation within the creek to make them work, and our creek is nearly flat.
Comment by anna Tue Jul 12 17:47:12 2011

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