There's nothing like hot, dry weather to get you motivated to think about water conservation. And when you picture each rainstorm (although few and far between!) providing potentially hundreds of gallons of free water, a rain barrel starts looking like a no-brainer.
I know I talked about making a rain barrel for a long time, but it was always one of those "I really should do this!" things that somehow seemed to slide to the bottom of the list. But finally — I did it. I assembled two barrels in the course of an afternoon, and had them installed within minutes. And I simply can't believe I didn't do this sooner! I keep thinking of all that free garden water I've missed out on. But, moving forward… I love my rain barrels and want to encourage you to love (or make) yours too.
I used the Rain Barrel Guide to get started, and ultimately went with a food grade barrel which I adapted with an AquaBarrel kit. It could not have been easier. Here are some more links to get you thinking about rainwater collection in your yard!
Planning and Building a Rain Barrel:
• 5 Questions for Sizing Your Rain Barrel
• How To: Make a $25 DIY Rain Barrel
• Rain Barrels: 15 DIY and Ready-To-Buy Options
• Hot Tip: How To Keep Bugs Out of Your Rain Barrel
Rain Barrel Inspiration:
• Green Inspiration: Giant Rain Barrels
• Rain Barrel Art Roundup
• LOOK! Rain Barrels on Parade
• 'A Drop of Water' Rain Barrel by Bas van der Veer
(Image: Elizabeth, How To: Make a Rainwater Collection Barrel)