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In November we moved to a rental house where I will be able to raise a garden this summer. I got all of my gardening stuff together only to discover that there is no spigot outside. The kitchen is in the back of the house but the window is well over 10 feet from the ground. I'm looking on some (hopefully low cost) ideas on how I can water my garden this summer since I won't be able to use a water hose.
 

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When I was a kid, my parents had a rain barrel that collected some of the water from our roof (one of the downspouts that ran down away from the roof was directed into the gigantic barrel), and that water was used, with buckets, to water the garden. IIRC, we used a small amount of vegetable cooking oil to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there. If you Google rain barrel, you'll get a bunch of links (some more "high tech" than others); although, I think a plain ol' clean trash can would do the trick for less than half the cost.
 

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When we were in this situation, we used to fill up watering cans from the bathtub. It was a PITA, but it worked.
 

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I do not have an outside spigot, some very talented workman my father hired about 20 years ago removed it rather than actually fix the leak! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><br><br>
Anyway, it is a pia but I connect the hose to my washtub faucet in my utility room, and run it out my back door. I try to water efficiently and I also pay close attention to the weather and soil moisture levels, so that I don't have to hook it up more than necessary. For pots and hanging plants, I fill my watering can in the house.<br><br>
I also like to use collected rain from containers but I would not use rain water run off from the roof on edibles. My neighbor used to have a rain barrel, there was always the lovely sheen of airplane fuel/waste floating atop the water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I live right near the airport.<br>
Anyway, my sister looked up roof runoff for me once, because my sage plant was in a planter under the roof line for several months one winter. Apparently, there are some chemicals that can leach, particularly when a roof is newer, or at least that is what she said. But I'm a little paranoid, I won't plant anything edible right up next to the house anyway, because of lead paint contamination and other chemical concerns, kwim? For ornamentals it's probably just fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Is there a way to hook up your hose through the window? You could get one of those fifteen foot extension hoses, instead of lugging around and having to try and throw a big long hose out the kitchen window. Then, just hook up the long hose to the shorter one hanging out your window, if that makes sense. Also, mulch, mulch, mulch! Definitely cuts down on watering chores. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Once your plants are established for the season, there is usually very little watering to do, anyway, since they self shade, etc. Unless there's a drought or you live in a very hot place, I guess.<br><br>
Good Luck!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Try a large tub. If you put it where you'll eventually want a garden and keep moving it around, it'll even help kill off the grass there. That's what I'm doing this year, trying for the whole "sun-warmed" water thing.<br><br>
You'll definitely want to go with SFG instead of row gardening without a hose, though.
 

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Mel Bartholemew of Square Foot Gardening suggests keeping a large bucket with a dipper out near the garden. (I would keep ours covered because of mosquitoes!) But this method ensures the water will be a temp that won't shock the plants and it will conserve as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope no one posted this already... didn't read other responses. Sorry if it's a repeat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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