If you only had a roof near this space, you could collect water in rain barrels, as per this introductory article: http://www.gardeners.com/Rain%20Barrel%20How-To/5497,default,pg.html But I assume there’s no roof to harvest runoff from near the plot. (By the way, I am not endorsing any brand of barrels–I have no first-hand experience so I’d shop around if you go that route.) Rather than lug 200 feet of hose every time I wanted to water, I might get barrels by the garden anyhow, fill them occasionally from the long hose, and simplify somewhat that way. But I have to say that I even today (after 20 years here) mutter to myself about how much time I have wasted hauling hoses when I should have put spouts farther out on my property sooner. Even now I don’t have one at the farthest area, and that’s stupid–I know better. With a trencher (Ditch-Witch type of machine) a plumber could install a seasonal line to the area…one you drain and turn off come frost each year, though buried underground. I have two such lines, and they were not terribly expensive. It’s not copper piping or anything, or fancy fixtures…really the most basic supplies, a rubbery black tubing and the most generic of taps mounted to a post in the ground. I think the investment would save you in the long run, because whatever other system you rig up (200 feet of hoses, barrels, hours and hours of wasted time) you’re going to pay for one way or another. I wish I had a better answer…a rain dance, perhaps? And by the way Jayme, welcome to the forums. M.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.