by MG Calla Victoria
Recycling rainwater for use in your garden is a very smart idea, especially with water companies trying to raise their rates. Rainwater is excellent for plants because it is chocked full of all of the minerals that plants need to thrive, those minerals that the water companies remove from the water that is pumped into our homes. You can water your garden diligently every day and you will not see the same transformation that you see after just one good rain!
You can buy those rain barrels that you find at all of the big box stores, place them under a drain pipe that has been shortened to accommodate the height of the rain barrel and voila you are in business, or you can do what I did. All of the rain barrels that I saw were 50 gallons, all made of plastic with a spicket at the bottom to attach a hose. Hum...well I had this huge 80 plastic garbage can that I was not using so I went to the hardware store and purchased a metal spicket, cut a whole at the base of the plastic can, screwed in the spicket, attached a soaker hose to it and voila I was rainwater harvesting at a cost of $5. Now if you need to place your rain barrel in a conspicuous location there are several beautiful choices like the one in the photo.
Also it is a great idea to keep your watering can out when it rains so that you can water your indoor plants with rainwater.