Let’s hope that the drought of 2007 is ancient history. So far we are off to a good start with rain levels for 2008, especially after the tornado’s and storms that just struck down the road here in Virginia this week.
My sweet little town of Hampton has vowed to go Green this year so along that theme the City (and our wonderful Master Gardeners of Hampton) hosted a rain barrel workshop. For a reasonable $30 they supplied the barrel, all the parts and instructions for putting together your own barrel. I couldn’t sign up fast enough, and in fact I signed up for two.
You actually had to crawl inside these used olive barrels to put the spouts in.
That Wendy dog is such a ham, she always jumps in front of the camera!
I’ve still got to build a platform for these and connect them. One will get connected to the downspout and the other will collect the overflow from the first one.
Now, I have had one rain barrel for years. It’s really just a very large open plastic container that my husband outfitted with a spout at the bottom. It is open at the top so I don’t use the spout except to open it in the winter for the whole thing to drain out. I just dip my watering can into it. I keep a mosquito dunk floating at all times so that we don’t breed those nasties. It works quite well, but one isn’t enough. Last year during the drought it was empty most of the time.
One time a squirrel went swimming in here and never went home. So now I keep a stick in it as an escape route. Yikes!
Yesterday at my local ACE hardware they had some nice rain barrels. It is good to see that they are becoming more popular. The plants love the rain water and it’s FREE!
I’m hoping that I can keep my entire garden watered this year with rain water collected in my three barrels.