[nafex] remote watering & hoses

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Wed May 9 08:38:22 EDT 2001


You can get 50 gallon, food grade, plastic drums.  I paid $15 CDN for one that
had contained olives.

I also have used a plain old 30 gallon plastic trash barrel, which I added a
valve and garden hose to the base.  Just put it in the truck, filled it, and
drive it out to the orchard.

Lots of options for watering new trees.


del stubbs wrote:

> Until I get drip lines in there's one area hoses wont reach.  I must remote
> water it when mama nature doesn't do it. Putting a 50 gallon drum on a
> garden trailor behind garden tractor is no new idea....but most 50 gallon
> drums have had questionable stuff in them. So I went to the local soft drink
> distritbuter and bought their white plastic drums. They have a permanent lid
> and 2 threaded bungs which fit a standard faucet. All was well except that a
> standard faucet is so restricted that the gravity pressure made the flow
> frustratingly slow.....I found I could force thread in the female thread of
> a garden hose (garden hose is not same as tapered pipe thread, but close
> emnough in plastic to work) This was a big help, I strappd on the drum and
> now remote watering is a breeeze.
> Could buy a full flow faucet I suppose also.
> I  took two of the drums, set my saw for a shallow cut, sawed them in half
> length wise and they make great rain shields for rotitillers, watering
> troughs, etc.
> Hoses.   For fire fighting and watering I needed a 300 foot hose. The cheap
> 5/8 hardware store variety would have so much pressure drop it would be
> funny, and 3/4 not that much better. While visiting Minneapolis i looked up
> 'hoses' in the yellow pages. sure enough there were several choices of
> commercial hose suppliers. In short order i got  two connectable sections of
> 1" black rubber hose for I believe under a dollar a foot.The pressure is
> still adequate at 300'.
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Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 6a

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