Well.. we finally got around to transplanting our volunteer tomatoes into our second garden. The second garden is a considerable distance from the house but very close to the well head. I decided to install an exterior spigot in the side of the well house and have it piped (washer hosed) to a spigot on the well head itself. When I was testing this setup running the hose wide open I saw no real issues but now that I run it with a broadcast sprinkler I noticed the pump seems to be short cycling. We have a pressure vessel in our crawlspace that serves the house but perhaps there is a check valve directly upstream of said pressure vessel? I am currently not at home to check.. just started thinking about it after breakfast.
If there is a check valve I may install a smaller pressure vessel to serve the "exterior" spigot at the well head - ie, it would be between the spigot attached to the well head and the spigot I installed in the side of the well house. This summer I will likely continue to use broadcast sprinklers but next year we may go to drip irrigation. Next year I may also install a solar powered irrigation system in our pond and use that as the primary irrigation source, so I don't necessarily want to sink a whole lot of money into this arrangement.
Anyone have any thoughts on or experience with well head spigots?