Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Growing Strawberries in Charlotte
by Shihtzumama1 Today at 3:37 pm

» Comfrey
by llama momma Today at 3:23 pm

» Hello from Southeast Michigan!
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:09 pm

» Wick Irrigation
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:36 pm

» Watering System -- Finally!
by Maureen Gayle Today at 2:36 pm

» An excellent read for those with Diabetes
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:22 pm

» N & C Midwest: March 2017 Brink of Spring
by countrynaturals Today at 12:41 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 12:27 pm

» Mirrors in the Garden
by RC3291 Today at 12:17 pm

» March: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals Today at 12:03 pm

» Medical Herbs
by Ginger Blue Today at 10:39 am

» Friend or foe?
by RC3291 Today at 10:22 am

» Growing zucchini in containers
by Robbomb116 Today at 10:06 am

» 1st SFG Plan - Any thoughts?
by herblover Today at 9:04 am

» Hello from Richmond
by sanderson Today at 3:36 am

» New from OK City
by sanderson Today at 3:18 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in March 2017
by sanderson Today at 3:05 am

» Hello all
by sanderson Today at 2:59 am

» Double layer weed cloth/landscape fabric?
by phoeg Yesterday at 10:24 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 10:09 pm

» Dragon Fruit!
by sanderson Yesterday at 9:57 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 3:38 pm

» Nomadic’s Diary - An Italian SFG Orto/Vegetable Garden
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:41 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:08 am

» Anyone in SE Idaho or near by?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:56 am

» Making Smoothies
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 9:03 am

» It's Fertilizer Time; Fruit Trees Down South!
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:10 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:08 am

» New For 2017
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:39 am

» Hello from MN
by ralitaco 3/26/2017, 11:40 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Rain barrel question

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Rain barrel question

Post  martha on 6/24/2011, 11:10 am

I love my rain barrel. I use mine to store leftover water from the restaurant - water pitchers at the end of the night, melted ice in wine buckets, etc.

So, my barrel is at least 3/4 full. It has two spigots - top and bottom. (I"m not sure how the top one is supposed to work - if the barrel was full, it wouldn't take long to get below the spigot. :scratch:

But my real question is the lower spigot. It doesn't get enough pressure to be useful. If I pour directly from the spigot, it is very slow - and extremely impractical since the spigot is about two inches from the ground. The barrel came with a short hose, but the only way there is enough pressure to get a very slow trickle is to lay the hose flat on the ground. Of course, I don't garden flat on the ground! I have SFG boxes - and the incline is too much for the low pressure and no water will come out.

Help!
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  dianamarie03 on 6/24/2011, 11:27 am

Try putting the barrel up on some cinder blocks or some type of platform. That should help with the flow and you could fit a watering can under it too that way.

dianamarie03

Female Posts : 96
Join date : 2011-03-20
Age : 31
Location : Delaware, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  boffer on 6/24/2011, 11:32 am

WAG: the top spigot is an overflow. You could put a hose on it to the ground so it wouldn't make a big mess. Or, the top spigot could be connected to a second barrel so the overflow of the first barrel would begin filling the second barrel.

Most pictures of rain barrels that I've seen have the barrels sitting off the ground, maybe 18 inches or so. The little bit of extra height gives a little more pressure, and gets the spigot up higher than the output of the hose.

Be advised: I've never used one! Wink
avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  martha on 6/24/2011, 1:02 pm

Was Shrek the first on to say, "It's not easy being green"?

Now I have to lift my rain barrel - WHILE IT'S FULL! Yikes! affraid
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  westie42 on 6/24/2011, 1:19 pm

A photo if possible would go a long ways in giving you good advice.

westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 75
Location : West Union, Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  pattipan on 6/24/2011, 1:24 pm

@martha wrote:Was Shrek the first on to say, "It's not easy being green"?

Now I have to lift my rain barrel - WHILE IT'S FULL! Yikes! affraid


Empty the water first!!! Water your garden well, put as much as you can in buckets and then empty it. A 50 gallon rain barrel weighs over 416 pounds!

pattipan
avatar
pattipan

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  boffer on 6/24/2011, 1:28 pm

@westie42 wrote:A photo if possible would go a long ways in giving you good advice.

Trust me, Westie. Based on past promises to post pictures, we'll be waiting till Christmas for Martha to post a picture! Maybe she can give a yeah or nay on this one. Spigots high and low.

avatar
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  westie42 on 6/24/2011, 1:39 pm

I am living evidence of no photos. Need to find the charger for my camera because I could send a lot of them just from my Ipod alone but figuring out how to upload them is something I have not gotten around to yet it's a mystery that puzzles me. That would make a good Friday rookie topic.

westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 75
Location : West Union, Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  pattipan on 6/24/2011, 2:46 pm

Another idea would be some type of pump. Someone in another thread mentioned a "pony pump."

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5744p45-watering-from-rain-barrels#67906



I've also read about folks are using portable sprinkler pumps with their rain barrels. They kind of look like the pony pump, but are more heavy duty. An think now you can get solar powered pumps that sit on top your rain barrel. Might be worth looking into if you have the $$$.

pattipan
avatar
pattipan

Female Posts : 807
Join date : 2010-03-04
Location : WV -- Zone 6a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/gallery/personal160.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  walshevak on 6/24/2011, 2:50 pm

@martha wrote:Was Shrek the first on to say, "It's not easy being green"?

Now I have to lift my rain barrel - WHILE IT'S FULL! Yikes! affraid

Actually it was Kermit the Frog.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4334
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  TN_GARDENER on 6/30/2011, 8:11 am

I built a "table" for my barrel. Works nice.

I also use a 5 gallon bucket and a fountain pump to irrigate. Works pretty good.

TN_GARDENER

Posts : 228
Join date : 2011-06-16
Location : TN

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  martha on 6/30/2011, 9:01 pm

Why, Boffer, you know how sensitive I am. Now my feelings are hurt and I won't be able to post photos for another few months, since I won't be able to see through my tears! I mean, just because I post a question and then don't check in for 6 days, is that any reason to accuse a poor girl of procrastinating about posting photos?

So tomorrow, I will photograph the rain barrel, and while I am posting it, maybe I will post the photos of my SFG's that I took, um, two weeks ago. Embarassed
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Rain barrel question

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum