Gardening season is here! Whether you’re growing edibles, flowers, or anything in between, those plants are bound to be thirsty as temperatures heat up. A rain barrel is a great way to keep your plants hydrated in between downpours without tapping into the municipal water system.
Survival Weekly shared an awesome video showing a simple, cheap way to construct your own rain barrel out of a 55 gallon food-grade drum:
Rain Barrel Tips
If you can’t get ahold of a drum like his with the fancy two-part lid, don’t fret! You just need to cut your screen a little bit wider on all sides, and you can secure it with a gigantic, heavy duty rubber band.
Once it’s built, the best place to install is underneath your gutter’s downspout. Not only does this help you catch the maximum amount of water, but by diverting it from falling on your property, you can prevent that heavy flow of water from eroding the land around the downspout.
It also helps to have your rain barrel seated up off of the ground. The higher you have it, the more water pressure you’ll get from the spigot at the bottom.
He mentions attaching garden hose to the downspout. Another way to take advantage of your rain barrel is to attach that hose to irrigation tubing that you run through your garden beds. The local hardware store or garden center should carry irrigation tube to fit your needs.
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