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Re: where is everyone?

The problem with transporting dirty water with a pump is that unless you get one that can handle trash, it quickly breaks down. I know what a pain it is to hand-carry water. I swear my arms are at least an inch longer than they were before the drought.

Can you pump graywater from the house? A very small water-garden pump can pump a heck of a lot of water from showers and rinse water from the washing machine. I also keep a bucket in the kitchen and a pan in the sink to save every bit of water that I can.

There's also the Rainwater pillow. http://www.rainwaterpillow.com/ You could harvest water in the winter and use it in the summer. The owner of the company is an acquaintance of mine - a former county agent and a good guy.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:47 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] where is everyone?

Oh I have lots of mulch. All the spoiled hay and manure from our sheep
goes into the vegetable garden. So much of it that the garden area - at
least 100ft x 100ft - is almost six inches higher than the rest of the
yard. But when you get no rain from April through November, and daytime
temperatures are high (over 100 for July and August) you have to add
water. We know our water use in summer is mostly outside. The animals
have to drink, can't cut that back. The front yard needs to use less,
which I'm working on, but it isn't really an option to let it all die at
once. So that leaves the veggie garden. What would be cool is if I can
find some kind of pump to transfer the dirty water out of the animal
pens into the veggies, but so far everything I've looked at is either
electric (no electricity readily available) or really labor-intensive,
which I wouldn't do very often. Hmmm.


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