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March 15th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

we have been in a drough for a long time now and we have set up 4 55 gal rain barrels to catch rain so we can water our garden this summer and not have to worry about the well going dry. its raining good right now and my hubby and I just finished filling up one of the barrels with rain we caught in 5 gall. buckets and poured in the barrels. there is 3 already filled and one has peters professional in it so when we water the plants, they will get a little fertilize with it.
the barrels are wonderful and will help us alot this summer if it dont rain on our garden again like it did last yr. we didnt have enough barrels last yr and it didnt rain for months on end and the barrels were empty before the garden finshed.
this yr, we are better prepared.

9 Responses to “rain barrels”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Great idea!!

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Those rainbarrels fill up fast! We have one, and I'm considering getting a cistern for watering a garden. Way to conserve and reuse water!

  3. fern Says:

    do you have your downspouts connected to the rain barrels? I've always wanted to do that but i have a well, so it's free water anyway...

  4. littlejo Says:

    We used to think of it as free water too until we got to thinking about a few things. one being the cost of the eletric to run the water out of the well and two being we are in a drough and there is lots of people around us who have had to dig a new well to get water since theirs went dry. Neighbors have came and got water from our barrels and some of them had to go to the river and fill barrels with water with buckets and haul them home just to have water to flush the toliets. We decided we didnt want to have to do that so the rain barrels really come in handy. If we dont have to water our garden we will use the water out of the barrels to flush with , water flowers, wash cars or whatever we need it for and not use eletric to get it to us.

  5. Amber Says:

    Great idea, here in south FL we are under water restriction

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Gosh it would be hard for me decide what to water, what to let go. Normally lush western NC seems like an odd area to have drought, but I have family in Nashville, TN and I know some of their river water originates in the mountains in NC and they've certainly had drought, too.

  7. fern Says:

    Actually, when i bought this house all it had was the original 26 foot deep well. That's it! The water table is very high in spring but during a drought about 5 years ago it got down to just 6 feet of water, and i had bacterial contamination problems, so I applied to hook up to a nearby water main and the state granted me a waiver to do it in a way that saved me thousands. So now i'm on town water, but i decided to keep my original well water which only feeds my 2 outdoor faucets and the laundry sink in the basement. So i can water my gardens or wash the car for free. Best of both worlds.

  8. littlejo Says:

    the last time we had a drought, our well got down to less than a foot of water. we had to go to the laundry mat to wash cloths and we took very very very short showers. get in the shower, turn the water on, get wet, turn the water off. soap up , rinse off and get out. i hated that! we can use the water out of the rain barrels to take a tub bath with if we have to.

  9. jo Says:

    well, no rain for the last month and thanks to the rain barrels, we have been giving our garden a drink every nite and so far so good. the green beans are blooming and we have a few little ones and we have been getting lots of green peppers and there is a ton of green maters waiting to get ripe. our barrels are almost empty so we are praying hard for rain.

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