The rain that we've had this past week has benefited us double. Not only has it given our garden much needed water, it has also served to add water to our new rain barrel.
We plan on adding rain barrels to the rest of the downspouts, but instead of store bought ones, we are going to use ones that my parents used to use in their garden. They are old food barrels. If you are thinking of buying a rain barrel and you are somewhat handy, I suggest using food barrels. They are much less expensive (or even free!) and they do the same thing. They do require a bit more set up since holes need drilled and a hose or faucet has to be added.
Five Reasons to Get a Rain Barrel:
1. Cuts the cost of your
2. Reduces the load of your local water treatment center.
3. Keeps your local creeks and other bodies of water cleaner.
4. Provides chlorine-free and naturally soft water for your plants.
5. Serves as an educational tool to teach others (kids, neighbors, family members, etc.) about conserving water.
We've also been using our wading pool water to water the garden after a day or two of use.
What do you do to conserve water?
Tags: water, conserve, conservation, rain , barrel, reduce, runoff, reuse, rainwater