have a situation I need some advise on. Have a vegetable garden area that
floods every spring and often takes weeks to dry out, so always late getting
things planted. Would like to find a way to pump the water from this area..
How can I do it............the area is just dirt and no grass. Is there a
way to put in sump with pump? how to filter to pump water and not mud?
Up to 2" solids for many dirty enough you reckon? Altho I expect
they're out of the budget OP would have in mind.
Sounds like what needs to do is tile it like they do in Iowa and the
like for field drains.
If there is free water standing in that garden, it's because the
elevation of the water table is above the ground elevation there.
Putting in a pump isn't a good idea because you'll be pumping the high
water out of the entire county. The water from your neighbor's yards
are going to drain into your yard as long as your pump is lowering the
water level in your yard.
A better fix would be to measure how deep the water is, do some basic
arithmetic and figure out how many cubic yards of top soil you need to
have your garden soil level about a foot above the water table
elevation. That means you'd have to dig down a foot in your garden to
reach the free water level.
Basically, the proper solution is to raise your garden, not lower the
If it wuz me, I'd probably use those interlocking bricks or blocks to
build a wall around your garden to contain the soil so that it doesn't
spread out all over the place. It might be a good idea to anchor them
down somehow cuz I'm thinking they simply won't weigh as much when
they're submerged, and that could cause the wall to come apart.
I guess it'd be easy enough to confirm. Just use an old soup can to
bail the water out of the garden into some 5 gallon pails, and see if
the water comes back tomorrow. If it does, it's the water table, and
you can't fight with it.
On 5/16/2014 1:02 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Self priming. Use a garden hose with a screen filter on the suction
side. Lay the end of the suction hose in the deepest water. You just
have to be careful and not let the pump run dry for very long.
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