It’s getting dry around here, and that’s unusual. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had a couple of years of very dark and rainy springtime weather. In fact, it’s been so wet that we were about to patent the name “June-uary”. All of this has changed this year, and we’re now looking at sun, sun, sun. This is lovely for we moss-growing coastal folks, but it’s also eerily dry.
After a hiatus of a couple of years, it’s time to hook up the old rain barrel again and get it collecting the water that falls from the sky. We may yet have a wet spring, but since we tend to have dry summers, it’s good to be prepared. No matter where you live, whether it’s in drought-prone regions or areas that just receive a short seasonal dry season, a rain barrel can help you keep water in your garden so that you can use it to water your food crops in the spring, summer, and fall.
Choosing A Rain Barrel
What do you need to consider when you’re shopping for a rain barrel?
- Why do you want a rain barrel? Rain barrels can store from 50 to 25,000 gallons of water. If you’re just looking to supplement your hand watering, you can likely get by with a small barrel.
- Where will you place your rain barrel? Rain barrels generally connect to downspouts, diverting the water that normally pours into the ground or the drainage system. If you’re using a barrel for watering your entire garden, you may want one conveniently located at each downspout.
- What’s your budget? You can often reuse barrels that were originally used for food storage. Attach one to the downspout using a downspout diverter kit, and you’re ready to go.
Rain Barrel Designs and safety on page 2!