A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there are 3 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 3 Guests

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» The frozen February garden
by freebird Today at 12:48 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by Ploshkin Today at 10:33 am

» Green guilty pleasures and penance !
by Dandelion 15th February 2019, 6:11 pm

» Hornbeam avenue
by FloBear 15th February 2019, 5:00 pm

» The gardener's yearbook
by Chilli-head 4th February 2019, 1:24 pm

» Eco funeral options ...
by Dandelion 3rd February 2019, 5:17 pm

» Hungry Birds
by Ploshkin 1st February 2019, 1:01 pm

» First go at proper wine
by FloBear 30th January 2019, 6:36 pm

» January, welcome in a new gardening year
by FloBear 25th January 2019, 2:14 pm

» Seed swap anyone?
by FloBear 25th January 2019, 2:12 pm

» What are you preserving today?
by freebird 18th January 2019, 12:30 pm

» Food environmental impact
by Chilli-head 17th January 2019, 3:36 pm

» Right to repair
by Chilli-head 13th January 2019, 12:03 pm

» New Kiva loan
by Dandelion 4th January 2019, 3:40 pm

» Kiva - Loans that change lives.
by Chilli-head 3rd January 2019, 3:37 pm

» Kiva repayments
by Chilli-head 2nd January 2019, 5:47 pm

» More mead ...
by Chilli-head 2nd December 2018, 9:41 pm

» What are you harvesting today?
by Ploshkin 2nd December 2018, 8:24 pm

» Almost forgot the November garden !
by Ploshkin 18th November 2018, 8:08 pm

» "Reservoirs can make water shortages worse"
by Ploshkin 15th November 2018, 9:44 pm

Statistics
We have 243 registered users
The newest registered user is 1mhavener@gmail.com

Our users have posted a total of 45483 messages in 2325 subjects
Donate to our chosen Charity
Homemade Life forum supports Kiva micro-loans: supporting people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. You can donate here
Pages we like:


HML on FaceBook

Harvesting rain for farmers

Go down

default Harvesting rain for farmers

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!
Jaded Green
Jaded Green
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 2310
Join date : 2009-11-09
Location : London

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

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.

................................................................................................................................
www.killandcure.net/blog/
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid
Wilhelm Von Rhomboid

Posts : 2942
Join date : 2009-11-08
Location : Schloss Rhomboid, Carpathia.

http://www.killandcure.net/blog/

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

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

................................................................................................................................
Paradise Papercraft
Etsy shop
Adrian
Adrian
Founder and crotchety old git who wanders around in a threadbare dressing gown muttering

Posts : 2944
Join date : 2009-11-06
Age : 49
Location : Paradise, Nova Scotia

http://www.paradisepapercraft.ca

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

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

................................................................................................................................



http://www.lilypads.biz/
Lottie
Lottie

Posts : 840
Join date : 2009-11-09
Age : 53
Location : In a hedge, mostly...

http://www.lilypads.biz/

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

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.
Chilli-head
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2698
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

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!
Jaded Green
Jaded Green
Homemade Moderator

Posts : 2310
Join date : 2009-11-09
Location : London

Back to top Go down

default Re: Harvesting rain for farmers

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum