Collecting Rain Water for Garden Watering

In the corners of our house, the water shoots over the gutter guards when it rains hard.

I turned a bad thing into a good thing by putting a small baby pool in the corners to catch the water. I keep a weight in them to keep the wind from blowing them out of position.


When needed, I save the water in gallon jugs for watering my plants. When it's a lot, I also fill a five gallon bucket with the water and put a lid on the bucket.

Using a long shoe string, run through the handles, it's easy to gather up all the jugs and carry them to the pool. I dip the water out with a small bucket and use a funnel to fill the jug. I purchased the funnel from Dollar Tree. It came with a set of 3; small, medium, and large.

This is an out of sight, out of way place so I just leave the jugs of water here until I need one or two to water the plants.

Lately, there has been more water than I could use. To keep from raising mosquitoes, I empty the pools after collecting as much water as I need.

This pool needed a good cleaning so I did that too.

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Place a bucket under the window a/c to catch the water or insert a long hose that reaches your plants. I also keep a big tub ready for downpours to catch the rain water, which I use for plants or to wash my car. My grandmother used to wash our hair with rain water.

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It never seems to rain enough when I need water for my vegetable garden, so I had rain diverters put on the roof above two doorways and big plastic trash cans below.

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April 4, 2012

Collecting and using rain water for your garden is good for the environment and can save you money. This is a page about harvesting rain.

Green Rain Barrel

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July 1, 2010

Save on watering by collecting rain water in containers. Pretty tin buckets make cute 'collectors'.

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