BRING ON THE RAIN!
So we have well water, it is great to not have that monthly bill those city folks get. It is an artesian well, which means the water is constantly under pressure it forces its’ way up and out of the ground. And because of this it has to have a way to run continually to relieve that pressure. The water has been feeding our creek for years. What a waste! We thought the runoff would be perfect to use to water our new garden.
Then we had a water test done and NOPE, turns out our water is too high in saline so it is not safe for tender young plants. It kills them. So our runoff is still feeding the creek. Instead we needed to catch rain water to feed our garden and it has now become our most precious commodity. Without it our garden won’t grow.
So Gary searched on Craigslist and found these 330 gallon liquid totes.
He bought two and built a small deck to sit them on, then plumbed them to catch rain water from our roof using the downspout from our gutters.
Now our garden is set up about 100 feet away so to water ya gotta stretch a lotta hose out. UGH!
We quickly discovered that 660 gallons of water was not gonna last long especially during this terrible drought we’ve had now for 5 or 6 years. So we bought a 1550 gallon water storage tank and again he built a deck to sit it on. This one near the garden so it can feed the garden.
And then he bought a half horse power, portable, electric transfer pump.
This little guy is awesome, when the two totes are full we hook it up and in about an hour or so we can pump all 660 gallons over to the 1550 gallon storage tank.
At the beginning of the fall when I planted we had a full 1550 gallons of rain water ready to go and now we are running on empty. We will soon buy another 2500 gallon storage tank, that should get us through the spring and into the summer IF WE GET RAIN, that is. Oh and we will also buy more totes, because we have more gutter spouts we could use to catch the water. When it rains we are so happy to watch the totes fill up but it is also so sad to see all the precious rain water we are not currently catching go into the ground.
People, if you are not catching your rain water, CATCH IT! Why pay for water when you can get it for free! Yes of course the tanks cost money but they will pay for themselves over time. It is WORTH it! It is an investment that will save you money. And your garden will Love you for it! There is nothing better for your garden then the Rain water that God provides for us. Amen! just sayin’
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