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By Wanda from Climax, NC
Making and having a rain barrel to water my garden has been so much fun. We live in GA and it is HOT and DRY here with water restrictions.
We made the rain barrels this year. It only takes 1/4" of rain to fill the barrels up.
Here's a photo of two 55 gallon barrels that we connected to each other. That makes 110 gallons of water. They're raised up 3 cement blocks high in order to gravity feed through a hose to my garden across the yard.
This is a great idea. My husband has been doing this for a while. He puts the spicket up about 8 inches or highter, so that way the dirt goes to the bottom. He cleans it out in between rains. We use ours for watering garden, chickens, and turkeys.
What kind of places did he get the barrels from?
I've been using rain barrels for years and my plants both in ground and in pots are thriving beautifully. I tried watering them with tap water several years ago and the flowers drooped and appeared to be dying. It could have been the chlorine in the water, or any number of things that's added to our drinking water which we've adjusted. I guess you know I returned to using the rain water again.