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Any Practical Garden/Watering Uses for Siphons?

 
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Does anyone have any practical experience using siphons to water their plants? I’ve got some jerry-rigged rain catchment systems (pools of water caught in my roof tarp) and my land declines slightly, hence I’m looking into ways I could potentially water everything using only gravity and physics, as I still don’t have electricity yet.

Seeing as siphons are pretty fundamental, I’m surprised not to find any practical garden uses for siphons on YouTube or Google.
 
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You can definitely use a siphon to utilize that water for your plants. You can use a suction hand pump or the good old fashioned lung power to get one started drawing water.

The most probable answer as to why you don't find any write ups about them is that the device is pretty self explanatory or that no one has thought there was a need to explain how to make and use one.
We use 275 gal. totes for our water storage tanks and let gravity do the water pressure work.

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I use 12 volt 500 gph boat pumps to move my water.
$16.00 on amazon.

My problem is that once the pump stops it keep siphoning.

I am looking at siphon breaks but it has to be perfect because otherwise i will lose ALL my water.
I use 12 volt timers and hope for the best. I'm there for five days about every month.

I keep my collected water in a 10 foot swimming pool
 
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So it sounds like there’s nothing revolutionary using siphon watering systems. I guess I need to invest in some hoses and get playing. I’m wondering if I could get a capillary action irrigation system working with siphoned water so it siphons only the water as it’s needed. Won’t know until I try...
 
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Starting the siphon is the question, and then stopping it.

Last week i lost about 150 gallons because i stopped the pump, disconnected it and dropped the hose back into the water. Even though i interupped the flow it just kept going.

Every cup of water at my place has to be hauled.
 
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Is your water source deep enough to include a bend in the tube so that the end is facing up once in the water, and you could adjust the height so that after X inches/cm of water are drawn out, the end of the hose is exposed to air and stops drawing water? Perhaps Sepp's method of attaching an adjustable pipe that you could swivel to adjust at what level the water reaches the pipe?
 
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Is the passage of water from soil to root to leaf and out through transpiration technically a type of siphon? If so, then my hugel beds and catchment basins between filled with woody debris extend that siphon down deeper into the soil.
 
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