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Good day all! First post here, looking to learn something new.

I have a market garden in central VA and am looking at going to drip tape irrigation this year. I have 20, 125' rows. Using 8mil tape I figured my flow rate to be 11.25 gpm with some online calculators. I have some big water totes that I plan to catch water in then use that water for the garden.... My question is, where can I find, and what kind of 120 volt pump would work well without breaking the bank?
I saw on Amazon a 700gph fountain pump for $78... Didn't know if it was the right way to go.
Thanks for your time!
 
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suitable pump

That might suit your needs when it comes to irrigation through drip tape, remember, drip systems are low pressure but you do want a fair amount of flow.

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First, thank you for your reply!

Follow up question:
When using the plastic mulch... And it rains, do you get the benefit of it? Or are you solely reliant on what you irrigate through the drip tape?
 
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I don't have experience with irrigation for veggies. I do have timers for my pots though. We do have a huge tank for the house, because I would not drink town water. But the timers run on town water there is so much more pressure than on tank, even with a pump. That means with every cycle you can water a much bigger area. If you want to go away you need a timer. The one I have is called 'hunter node controller' and the nice thing is it runs on batteries.
 
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hau Josh, first off I use natural mulch, not plastic (since it deteriorates pretty fast in my area it just turns to little bits of hard to remove nasty stuff).
Our drip system is primarily for mid July thru mid Sept. when we usually see little rain, we have roof top collection tanks that hold 275 gal. each and they are situated so that we only have to use the pump for the last 50 gallons or so.
 
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