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Gardening #3

On Sun, Feb 13 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
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Finally got around to getting some pictures together of our rain barrel. Here it is.

I feel this is a solid design because the overflow will not risk rotting out the wood or moving dirt from around our house. It will flow right back into the systems in place to move that water down to the road.

Benefits

Naturally the benefits of having this rain barrel are two-fold. The first benefit is that the rain water will be good for my garden. This barrel has been strategically placed so that it will be easy to use a hose, or fill a watering can and place this natural element to the soil of the garden. Secondly, we help erosion control because the capturing of this water means that it is not flowing into storm drains, and consequently, not continuing to wash away the soil along the river edge. I used to not think this was a big deal but sudden surges in the local rivers are directly caused by runoff from roads and neighborhoods. My capturing of 55 gallons won’t be a significant help, but it can’t hurt.

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One Response to Gardening #3

  1. Katie Osweiler says:

    When I was helping a friend in her garden in England she told me to water flowers from the water butt. I wasn’t sure what she was talking about but really, it’s just the rain barrel. I think you should start calling it the water butt:)