Vacation Watering System
Has anyone ever tried to make a vacation watering system for outdoor hanging baskets? I just puchased some beautiful hanging baskets (petunias and fuschias) and am trying to plan ahead for summer vacation and a couple long weekends. We live quite far out in the country and don't know any of our neighbors so I don't really want to impose on anyone by asking then to come water my plants every day.
My husband does not want to leave the water tap on, so I'm thinking I'd like to make some sort of pump system that draws water from a barrel or 5 gal. bucket. Would it be possible to make some type of drip system, running off a timer, using a submersible (fountain?) pump? I'd prefer not to use a gravity fed system because I don't really want to take the hanging baskets down which would cause damage to the plants and might make it more apparent that we were on vacation.
Similar systems I've found on the net are $100+ and only hold 6 gallons. Any ideas out there?