Step 4: Add the electronic timer

The last step was to plug in the timer, program it, and I was done!  I used an outdoor-rated electronic timer as opposed to a mechanical one so I could precisely adjust the time the water runs.  I have begun by having the water come on at 4pm each day and run for 10 minutes.  As we move into the hotter part of the summer I will probably have to lengthen this time.

Now that I'm out of the manual watering business, guess I'll have to find something else to do. 

Or,  I could just get even more lazy..........

When the barrel is empty, is there something that prevents the punp from turning on? Or does your pump do ok with no water?
I turn the pump off if the barrel gets low.
<p>This looks great and I am going to try this next season. </p><p>You would get better effect if you watered your plants late in the evening or early in the morning. Lower solar evaporation losses than at 4:00PM </p>

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