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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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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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12:08PM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Thanks Becky.

3:09PM PDT on Jun 25, 2015

Thanks Becky.

2:39AM PDT on May 24, 2015

Soon they will make it illegal too :)

2:18AM PDT on May 24, 2015

The amount of natural rainfall that is lost, when it rains, or floods, is staggering.

9:40PM PDT on May 23, 2015

It only helps if you have rain! We have been quite shy on our share.

12:42PM PDT on May 23, 2015

I remember my grandma having a rain barrel.

5:10AM PDT on May 23, 2015

Everyone should have at least one!

3:57AM PDT on May 23, 2015

Make good use of our natural resources and our nature

10:41AM PDT on May 22, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

12:25AM PDT on May 20, 2015


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