An Irrigation System for the Garden.

Happy Memorial Day! Are you enjoying this day with a veteran? Celebrating and commemorating those who fight for our country? Having a cookout with friends and family?

No matter what you're up to today, make sure to thank a veteran or service man or woman for their dedication to our country and freedom. One of my favorite childhood memories of Memorial Day was visiting the cemetery where my Grandma Carol's family was buried. I loved driving through the cemetery and seeing all of those beautiful flags perfectly lined up along the driving path.

On this Memorial Day I said goodbye to John. He's heading back to Arkansas for the week, and will return this weekend for two days to help me pack up my classroom and attend a going-away party with me.



Also, on this Memorial Day I am grading English essays and, most importantly, checking up on my work in the garden.

Let's just get something straight, friends: I should have been an engineer.

I was workin' on the irrigation system for my garden, and it was all 'beautiful mind' up in here. No joke. I just envisioned it after staring at this mess for about 20 minutes. 


The problem was with water pressure. I had a fleet of rain barrels that are full from the spring rains, but not enough gravitational water pressure to push the rain water through the tiny soaker hose holes. 

I knew that I needed to find an adapter so I could use the sump pump my dad gave me (when our basement flooded this spring) to pump the rain water from the barrels to the soaker hose with some force. After a quick trip to Menards, I had an adapter that converts a 2-inch hose into a garden hose. 

The problem now is: How can I water all three raised garden beds simultaneously from the same rain barrel and hose? At that point, I could only water one bed at a time, and had to move the sump pump hose from bed-to-bed. 

So, I bought a splitter. This little doo-dad creates, like, a fork in the hose so multiple hoses can split off from it. 


PERFECT, right?! 

And I just cut up an old hose and some 99-cent male and female ends to connect them all together.


Using a splitter to water all three raised beds at the same time also makes less work for my older sump pump, that tends to overheat when it's pushing water through a tiny garden hose.


I'm tellin' ya, this was seriously one of my best gardening ideas. Ever. 

Just drop the sump pump in the top of a rain barrel, turn it on, and look at 'er go! 

This is really going to come in handy when I am traveling this summer (with John) and need to call on the help of my neighbors to water my garden. (Except, I don't think I'll have my elderly neighbor man water the garden with the sump pump. It's kind of heavy and cumbersome to pull from the top of a rain barrel. I'll just bite the bullet and hook the hose up to the faucet on the house, so all he has to do is turn a knob.)

Either way, I'm brilliant. Just say it. 

No, no - it's ok. You don't have to say it. 

Hearing my father and husband express their pride in my ingenuity is reward enough. And hearing my neighbor, an 89-year-old navy veteran who spent two years on a ship outside Okinawa and survived Pearl Harbor, say he was impressed was also pretty cool. 

Just sayin'. 



19 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to set up rain barrels to water our yard and garden. I like what you did with yours. You are BRILLIANT!!!

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    1. Well, now I'm blushing :) Thanks for recognizing our hard work. Now get out there and make your own! WOO HOO!

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    1. Thanks! If you try something similar, let me know. Clearly this is a work-in-progress.

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  3. Wonderful ideas - you are very resourceful! I applaud you (clap, clap)! I hope you have a great week and a wonderful month. Vickie

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    1. Ah, Vickie - THANKS! I am feelin' the love.

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  4. That's really a great idea; kudos to your father and husband! It takes a lot of planning and even creativity to come up with such innovation. Conservation is always much better than wastage! I hope to see your garden once your plants are fully blown. Good luck and happy gardening, Kelli!

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  5. That is awesome! My Wife loves ingenuity stuff like that! We have been trying to decide how we want to do the irrigation systems in our garden here in Calgary. I will have to show this to her.

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    1. You'll score major points with wifey for this one, Jason! Good luck!

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  6. I would really like to get this kind of an irrigation system for my back yard. It would really make a big difference.

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  7. Hello,
    Very informative post..I got god and essential points regarding Irrigation System...Your technique is just simple and helpful...Keep posting...Thank you too much......

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  8. Well written article on irrigation system for the garden. Your ideas are great. Thanks for sharing this. Please upload more stuff.

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  10. Good hack. i have similar in my garden. but i hired someone to do it for me.

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