Useless Rain Barrels?

mooserider(8)June 22, 2013

I can't find a forum specific to this subject, so I put it here.

Anyhow, I spent a lot of time putting in four rain barrels, and they're working beautifully. I have 200+ gallons of water, but there's a problem I can't seem to figure out and was hoping someone would have some good advice.

The problem is, how do I get the water to the plants? I guess I didn't think that part out before I set up the barrels. According to the people at the local nursery, I can't use a soaker hose as there's no real pressure.

Using a water can is just absurd... it would take me three hours to do that.

To be honest, I like using my sprayer (from the house's water) to water everything, I know it's not so efficient, but I really enjoy it. So with a soaker hose I would lose that. So what I really want, is a pump that would kick on automatically when I use a sprayer. But I've looked all over and can't seem to find such a thing.

So my question is, how do you use your rain water? How do you get it from the barrels to the plants.

Thanks for any advice!

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I have a child's wagon that I bought at a yard sale that I had fitted with large wheels. It serves a multitude of purposes around my yard--better than a wheelbarrow-- including moving watering cans with rain water. It holds 3 watering cans which I fill at the rain barrels and wheel to where I want to water. It is just as nice as watering with a hose and you are not dragging that heavy hose behind you

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:09PM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

There are pumps available for sale. I linked one site that I found below. Otherwise just go on google and search for the three words: rain barrel pump

Here is a link that might be useful: Pumps to use with rain barrels

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 2:02PM
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Hi, did you ever think of installing a spigot? Let gravity do the job. You can pick up a spigot from the plumbing section of most box stores. They can be easily installed into the bottom of each rain barrel and you can attach your sprayer hose to it.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 4:09PM
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