If you're trying to save money and eat healthy with a garden, you probably don't want to spend a lot of money on watering. Luckily, with a few essentials, you can set up a system that waters your garden automatically for free. You just need a clean roof, a barrel, some hoses, and layflat couplers, a sprinkler, and a timer. Here's an overview of the process.
For this process, you're going to harvest free rainwater off of your roof. To ensure the water is clean enough to touch your plants, you need to make sure that your roof is clean. You don't want harmful chemicals, cleaners, or leaves and debris in your water.
Rain Water Barrel
Next, you need a rainwater barrel. These barrels are specifically designed to collect rainwater from roofs. In most cases, they can be attached directly to your gutter pipes. You can buy a barrel made for this purpose, or you can create your own.
You just need to cut an opening in the barrel so that it can connect to the downspout on your gutters. Then, you need to add a water valve.
Hoses and Lay Flat Couplers
At this point, connect a hose to the water valve. You may need to use multiple hoses to reach your garden. To ensure the water doesn't get caught up in unnecessary bends, you should attach the hoses with a layflat hose coupler.
A lay flat coupler allows you to easily connect multiple hoses. It prevents unnecessary leaks and lets you get the rainwater anywhere on your property regardless of the length of your hoses.
Then, of course, you need to connect a sprinkler to your hoses. If you end up with the wrong side of the hose being closest to the garden, you can also use a layflat coupler here. It can help you create a connection between the hose and the sprinkler.
At this point, you have everything you need to water your garden for free. However, if you want the process to be automatic, you need one more item — a timer. A watering timer can be easily connected to the sprinkler on this set p. It features a timer and a valve.
You set up the timer so that it waters on your desired schedule. Then, when it's time to water, the timer opens a valve, water moves through the system, and goes to the garden. Now, you can go on vacation or just relax and not worry about the garden.