S Bengi wrote:what price range are you considering.
J D Horn wrote:Have you read Salatin's "Salad Bar Beef"? In it he describes their low-tech watering system for paddock shifting. Basically, he has a small bilge pump that is set on the end of some poly pipe. He likes it b/c he can plop it into one of the ponds he has and fill a water trough in areas where the gravity feed is not an option. The bilge pump is portable b/c it can be run on a deep cycle marine battery, which can be charged nowadays with a small solar panel. I bet you could run some poly pipe with a few of valves and some soaker hoses and have a fairly hands off system, since you are likely not looking to water every day.
Judith Browning wrote: Do you know how deep a bilge pump will pull water?
Trevor Newhart wrote:Hello Judith.
I feel as though a hydraulic ram pump might be of some use in this situation. It's a pump that uses the force of gravity to move water, it doesn't require any other power source, so that is certainly a pro. I have to confess that I have no experience with them, but I figured I would offer up the idea to see if it is of any benefit to you.
Here is a video explaining how it works:
and a page teaching you how to build one:
It does create a good amount of "waste" water, but you could very easily integrate that water into a swale system or a pond.
I had the idea of building a small water tower near the garden where you could pump up just enough water for a day or two of use and leave the dormant for the rest of the time.
Of course all of this is dependent on you having a pond on higher contour than your garden. So I suppose we will see.
Jacki Perry wrote:I dont think you are planning on this anymore, but here's my 2 cents anyway. If you have enough for a down payment, get a wind pump-the old fashion wind driven water pumps, along with storage tanks. And as soon as you can, replace the asphalt shingles with a metal roof and rain gutters for your rain cachment system. As you can, increase that to every roof on every structure you have.
Shame you have to sell rather than seek a land partner. I would just about give my eye teeth for that kind of opportunity. While I'm neither young nor a couple, I'm an artist and crafts person, and still capable of putting in hours of work.