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Name: Daniel Clark
Kankakee illinois
duckkisser
May 28, 2018 5:33 PM CST
I am looking for a good way to water my raised beds from my rain barrels. I have two 4x8 beds, one 2x16 bed and two 2x5 beds and all of them are about 20 inches off the ground. I want to install a pump from rain barrels to carry water about 60 feet away and distribute it evenly in the beds. Can you give me any advice on a pump and what I should use to distribute my water in the most offordable method
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 28, 2018 6:50 PM CST
My daughter uses a bilge pump attached to a garden hose. You can't use the water all the way to the bottom but that might be good because you also don't want to gum up the works with dirt and debris that falls into the barrow. Does your rainbarrow have a spigot?
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crawgarden
May 28, 2018 7:05 PM CST
I think Wayne pumps may have some that would possibly work.

https://www.waynepumps.com
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Name: Daniel Clark
Kankakee illinois
duckkisser
May 30, 2018 4:01 PM CST
DaisyI said:My daughter uses a bilge pump attached to a garden hose. You can't use the water all the way to the bottom but that might be good because you also don't want to gum up the works with dirt and debris that falls into the barrow. Does your rainbarrow have a spigot?


Yes it does I have 3 55 gallon barrels all pvc piped together with a spigot on the end barrel

Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 30, 2018 7:33 PM CST
Make sure you purchase a dirty water pump. You would be amazed at how much crud comes off your roof.
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LarryC
May 31, 2018 3:12 AM CST
I agree with ctcarol about dirty pumps. I suggest at least 1/3 or 1/2 HP. Wrap pump with hose as a filter and water away. At first thought I know of no way other than hand watering to distribute because of unfiltered material getting through. Try water wand and you will see. Larry

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