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Patio Gardener

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Location: Plano, Texas

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Monday, July 25th 2022, 2:39pm

New guy here.

Howdy y'all! My name is Matt. I'm in Plano, Texas.


I live in a ground floor apartment. I have a full garden on my patio complete with a goldfish pond.
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Anyways, my apartment let me tap into a sprinkler head outside my patio using a sprinkler riser adapter with 1/4" barbed line. However, the water doesn't go directly to irrigation. First, the water fills a tank in the patio closet that is used as a potting shed via a float valve to prevent overfilling/flooding. The water here is used in a sink in a potting bench and is recirculated by a pump in the tank.
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When the water in the tank is dirty, the same pump connected to a diverter valve pumps the water through some 1/2" tubing to the pond where it helps top off the water level in the pond. When the tank in the closet is completely drained, it's ready to be filled with fresh water the next time the apartment sprinklers run.
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The pond water is recirculated through a filter with a backflush cleanout outlet. About once a week the filter is cleaned and dirty water from the filter is sent to a 27-gallon holding tank where it will then be used for irrigation purposes. This tank also collects water from the pond's overflow drain during topping off. While the water sits in the tank, the waste from the filter is bioprocessed. Bacteria break down the organic matter and convert ammonia and nitrites into nitrates which are utilized as a natural fertilizer. The plants love the stuff! To help with the nitrification, a pump draws water into a box filter with bio-media that houses colonies of nitrifying bacteria. The water is then pumped through a head that aerates the water and provides oxygen to the bacteria. The ph. temperature and TDS are continuously monitored as well.
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A much larger pump in the tank is what pushes water from the tank through the irrigation system. First the water is pumped through a y filter with fine mesh screen to keep particulates out. When the screen becomes caked with sludge, an automatic valve on the flush port opens and sends the build-up back into the reservoir clearing the screen. after the filter, the water is distributed throughout the garden. A Melnor Hygrologic 4 zone functions as a sprinkler manifold and delivers water to each zone according to watering requirements of each zone. Attached to each port is a sprinkler to micro-irrigation manifold where water is sent out through 1/4" lines to micro-sprays throughout the garden and various planters. The manifold and a few of the micro-sprays, <img src="[url=https://flic.kr/p/2nzqUz4]
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Patio Gardener

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Location: Plano, Texas

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Monday, July 25th 2022, 2:43pm

Sorry if my OP is a bit of a mess. Not used to the way this forum formats posts. I'll get used to it though.

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