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Post by Jaded Green on 3rd July 2011, 1:49 pm

I'm curious...

Many of us catch rainwater from our houses and store it in water butts. I have a friend who has 4 or 5 butts and is planning on more as she is now metered and grows a lot of vegetables.

What do farmers do. I realsie that the amount of land they cultivate is far greater in proportion to the roofs they have, but do they manage to harvest rain and store it in enormous containers?


After all, some of the downpours we have would generate quite a lot of water to store.

During one recent downpour, Miss JG, who was about to have a bath, went outside and emptied some of what was in the water butt into watering cans and spare buckets!
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 3rd July 2011, 2:27 pm

The quantities of water farms use I doubt it would be practical. We have 1000 litre IBCs as 'giant water butts' on our land, and corrugated iron 'collectors' above them (thanks Val for that clever tip), but even with just 7 pigs and 80 or so chooks and ducks and geese we rattle through 1000l in 3 days at this time of year, and that is without wtaering any of the veg stuff.

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Post by Adrian on 3rd July 2011, 2:43 pm

We have a 1000l IBC for watering the veg and greenhouse, looking to add some more in series when I can find a new Banjo hose attachment for the current one...

Most farms I know around here have drilled wells

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Post by Lottie on 3rd July 2011, 7:44 pm

They tend to take from the rivers round here, and since some of East Anglia has been declared a drought area it's all been a bit of a nightmare, as they're now restricted in the uptake.
Others build reservoirs, one farmer here has made his beautiful, especially at sunset watching the birds fly down.... Very Happy
Others hope and pray for rain... no irrigation just plain luck... Neutral

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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd July 2011, 10:14 pm

The bigger vegetable/salad growers seem to have their own water sources, often their own reservoir. I think it is not normal to irrigate cereal crops, though I've seen it this year.
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Post by Jaded Green on 4th July 2011, 9:44 am

Thank you for this.

We must get another butt as soon as we have the time!
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