Sunday, June 2, 2013

Water Barrels

When gardening time comes around, so do increased utility bills and water usage. If you're like me, there might be a little part of you that feels guilty about the amount of water you use, and the extra money you have to fork out for a water bill, in order to engage in an enjoyable hobby that also produces food for your family. I have been thinking about alternative ways to water my garden, and have been looking into setting up a water barrel.

Water barrels collect rain water drainage so you can reuse it. You can purchase a rain barrel at most hardware and multipurpose stores for between $70-$150.
I usually prefer to DIY these kinds of projects if I can obtain the materials at a cost (usually through ads in Craigslist and discount stores).

If you are looking for an easy way to contribute to water conservation, while also saving money on your utilities, this might be a good option for you. I found directions for building your own rain barrel.

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  1. Thank you so much for the helpful information; since we are out in the country we are on a well system; and well really needs to be punched deeper; so each summer we struggle between making sure we have enough water to accomplish the tasks inside the home as well as water our vegetable garden. This is very useful information! thanks

  2. I swear to you, one day I will do this. You can hold me to it!

  3. This is so interesting! I have seen these everywhere throughout Oregon but, in all honesty, did not quite understand their purpose fully. Now I know. I also really love the idea of decorating them - how lovely. I'll keep this in mind & pass it along.

  4. Have to ge back on it. Our old house had barrels and it worked great!