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Post  regina34 on 10/30/2015, 9:03 am

Hi members of this forum!
I want to ask if somebody has challenges with the hose.
The point is that I have problems with my back. And it was very difficult for me to cope with that huge and heavy hose, to roll it and hang on the hook. 
 
Is there any solution for it. Where do you store the hose? 

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Post  sanderson on 10/30/2015, 1:56 pm

Regina, Welcome to the SFG Forum from California! glad you\'re here Some of the folks here also have back problems and have modified their gardening (mainly through table top boxes) to make gardening easier on their backs. Permanent drip irrigation is one way to reduce the need to roll out the hose. A 1/2" light-weight drip hose with a female hose attachment would allow you to roll it out to the hose sight instead of dragging the hose to the garden.

If you give us more information such as do you row garden or garden with raised beds, do you use the SFG method and Mel's Mix, how big is your area, etc. it might help folks come up with an idea. Some of use also fill 5-gallon buckets from the hose and then water each plant with a cup. A photo of your set up would really help.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/30/2015, 3:22 pm

Hi Regina34.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!  Glad you've joined us.

I used a drip/soaker hose this year, but it broke on me...  It was the black one with a rough feeling to it.  Same size as a regular hose.

I have a 330-gallon water tank that I use for watering the garden, so very little pressure.  I'm planning on trying some sort of other drip hose, but not sure what yet...
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Post  regina34 on 11/2/2015, 4:02 am

Well, the idea with permanent drip irrigation seems to be very good. Maybe I will try to do it for my tomatoes. 
I have usual row garden. Some plants I grow in a greenhouse. I own 30x20 feet garden. 

  My neighbor advices the pocket hose. Somebody tried it? It is very cheap. However, as far as I know it, David (my neighbor) changes them very often. 

Also, I have a lot of flowers. I like to water them only from hose. It is some kind of relaxation after the hard day! 
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/2/2015, 8:36 am

Regina - You're talking about that hose that expands & contracts?  My mom has a friend that tried one.  It blew up in her face when it expanded.  I've heard of that happening a LOT.

I confess, the older I get, the cheaper I get.  (Excuse me - FRUGAL!)  I'd much rather buy something of good quality & spend more upfront than have to continually replace it...
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Post  Marc Iverson on 11/2/2015, 11:40 am

I was always that way until I started checking out dollar stores. Now I found out that:

1. Some cheap things are finally cheap enough that you don't wind up regretting not buying better;

but more importantly ...

2. Some cheap things are very near or exactly the same quality as the name-brand stuff.

I think that's one reason those stores are so popular ... we've been paying big premiums for a long time for stuff that can actually be produced and sold much cheaper.



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Post  Marc Iverson on 11/2/2015, 11:42 am

Regina -- there is a thing called a hose caddy that lets you roll up a hose on it and then pull the thing around on wheels. That might be a good bet for you.

There are also water packs you can use either in a wheelbarrow or as a backpack to carry around large quantities of water.
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Post  sanderson on 11/2/2015, 3:09 pm

We tried 3 pocket hoses - pow! They don't seem to handle much water pressure.

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Post  regina34 on 11/9/2015, 2:25 am

I decided not to waste money on the pocket hose. I have heavy but good hose, and it can cope with the water pressure. I just want some quick system to roll it, for example like this https://www.mrosupply.com/hydraulics-and-pneumatics/hose-reels/2517432_1125-5-50_coxreels/
My husband offered simpler variant. He can do the similar but from the old wheel rim and fix it on the wall. 
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Post  has55 on 11/9/2015, 2:36 am

Alantamarie are using the IBC totes that have 330-400 gallon plastic inserts? if so, why is pressure so low? I was thinking about using them.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 11/9/2015, 7:42 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:Regina -- there is a thing called a hose caddy that lets you roll up a hose on it and then pull the thing around on wheels.  That might be a good bet for you.

There are also water packs you can use  either in a wheelbarrow or as a backpack to carry around large quantities of water.  

I have a hose caddy from KMart.
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Post  sanderson on 11/9/2015, 1:06 pm

Has, For micro-drip systems, there needs to be some water pressure as determined by the manufacturer, such as 10 or 20 psi. Unless there is a pump, the tote would need to be elevated 1 foot for 0.5 psi. A regular hose, without all those little restrictions, would work, but without much pressure, just a slow flow.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/10/2015, 9:24 am

@has55 wrote:Alantamarie are using the IBC totes that have 330-400 gallon plastic inserts? if so, why is pressure so low? I was thinking about using them.

Has55, I don't know if they're the IBC totes...  They're the big square white ones encased in aluminum bars.  330 gallons each.  I don't have a pump attached to them, so it's gravity pressure only.

I DO have a pump that I can use (and have on occasion).  But mostly I just use a wand on the hose and gravity...
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