Over the course of New 12 months’s Day weekend, I dedicated just a few hours to one in every of my favourite annual pursuits. I poured by means of the seed and plant catalogs that arrive by mail every winter, planning out the approaching yr’s backyard.
That is all the time an satisfying train. Nevertheless it was made much more enjoyable this yr by the data I’m ready to pursue a considerably expanded backyard. No fewer than 15 new raised beds are ready to be crammed in the primary backyard. I can even set up 4 extra-large raised beds throughout the protected confines of my orchard deer fence.
The orchard beds are nice as a result of they supply lots of room for rising massive crops like pumpkins and watermelons. There’s just one drawback. The orchard isn’t as near a water supply because the backyard.
Since I’m doubling the variety of beds from 4 to eight for 2022, I’m going to wish twice as a lot water to maintain the crops suitably equipped.
That is going to require a bit of thought. My present resolution, which works nicely, is to position a 35-gallon leg tank crammed with water at the back of a wagon and haul it to the orchard utilizing a garden tractor. However meting out a tank by gravity takes time. If I had been to buy a bigger tank to serve my wants—say, a 70-gallon tank—I’m apt to spend twice as lengthy watering the backyard beds.
Through the peak of a busy farming summer time, I’m involved I gained’t be capable to discover the additional time.
That is prompting me to discover different choices. For instance, I might buy a second 35-gallon tank and dispense water from each tanks on the identical time, slicing down on watering time for the expanded backyard.
I’m additionally curious whether or not the tanks might present sufficient water stress to work successfully with soaker hoses. If I might thread soaker hoses by means of every mattress, I might theoretically open the tanks and let the water circulate evenly by means of every mattress with out supervision. This is able to permit me to work on different orchard tasks within the meantime.
After all, time isn’t the one query right here. Recent water weighs about 8.34 kilos per gallon. My 35-gallon leg tank suggestions the scales at practically 292 kilos. That’s a good chunk of weight to haul round with a wagon and garden tractor.
A part of me wonders if doubling the payload to 584 kilos is asking an excessive amount of of my tractor. I’ll should seek the advice of the person guide and see how a lot weight it’s rated to tow. If it exceeds or pushes the boundaries, I’ll must discover a completely different resolution.
Perhaps the previous John Deere Mannequin 40 has discovered a brand new job?
Catch in Place
As well as, I’m pondering whether or not I can set up gutters alongside the highest of my orchard deer fence to catch rainwater and information it towards a rain barrel. The entrance part of the fence is fabricated from wooden and spans greater than 200 toes.
Throughout a heavy summer time rainstorm, it would catch a good quantity of water that I wouldn’t should haul to the expanded backyard utilizing the tractor and wagon.
Suffice to say, there are lots of potentialities to ponder. I don’t know but which choice (or mixture of choices) will show most fitted.
However one factor is for certain. My expanded backyard presents a enjoyable logistical problem to investigate whereas ready for spring!