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#568567 07/09/24 07:28 PM
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Hi all,

So glad I found this forum. I grow veggies on a small scale and am looking for folks with irrigation pond experience.

Currently in the planning stages. Site gets morning shade and is the lowest point on the farm but very well drained. Here are a few of my hopes for it:

-No more than 200sqft, unsure of depth
-Reservoir for rainwater collected from 30'x96' high tunnel as well as a couple hundred gallons of veg wash water per week May-October
-Use for nearby overhead watering in propagation house and drip irrigation in high tunnel
-Plastic free
-Chemical free

Anyone familiar?

Thanks!

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Welcome to Pond Boss!

We used to call those "tailwater" pits in my area of the country. However, as the transition from flood irrigation to far more efficient methods of water usage occurred, they are now just filled with weeds except for when there are heavy seasonal rains.

Do you have a backhoe or mini-excavator on your property? Digging a small slot trench and investigating your subsoil materials is the first step. If you have good material (sufficient clay content), then you can easily build a small pond to match your needs.

However, heavy excavation and compaction equipment is expensive. It might be cheaper/easier to use a pond liner on a project of that size.

I have lots of plastic in all aspects of my drip irrigation systems, since those are by far the optimal materials to utilize. However, none of that is "food grade" plastic, since I am just watering my tree plantings.

In your case, do you use "food grade" plastic in your reservoirs, tubing, and drip emitters? If so, then a liner might be out of the question for your application. However, if you have very sandy soils and your only viable option is to use a liner, then you could probably contact the liner manufacturers directly and determine if they are appropriate for your specific application.

Once you test your subsoil samples and depths to each horizon, post that info and we can give some more guidance on the size and shape and construction techniques for your pond project.

Good luck!


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