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Rain in the rain barrel!!

Post  TSHRED on 3/1/2015, 8:41 pm

We've finally got rain here in Encinitas, CA. So far 0.61" with more on the way. That translates into about 200 gallons off of my approximately 500 square feet of roof.

I put the overflow pipe in a 30 gallon trash can but suspect it will overflow also.

This may all seem silly to those of you in rain climates but every drop here is exciting...lol.





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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/2/2015, 12:14 am

LOVE it!  every drop matters in a 1200 year drought situation  Smile
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Post  has55 on 3/2/2015, 6:21 am

very nice TSHRED:bounce:
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/2/2015, 6:38 am

Most excellent!!! I do live in a rainy summer climate, and I am still excited for you! Our rain does not last for the entire growing season, so I would love to be able to set up rain barrels, but that would be pushing Hubby's tolerance just a bit too far. Razz
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Post  Kelejan on 3/4/2015, 1:10 am

I have just one rain barrel but it is not connected to any gutters as I have no gutters on my house.  But I do have a wheel barrow that catches the rain running off a shed and so I take water from the barrel and put it into the barrel. Wen the barrel is full I  save water in milk jugs.

I use the water for seeds and transplants. I never water my lawn and it remains green for most of the year as I cut high and leave the clippings on the grass.  My grass has all sorts of stuff in it, violets, dandelions, clover etc.  My lawn remains green while my neighbours' scalped lawns eventually turn brown in spite of consistent watering and fertilizing.

Last year I started mulching a bit and this year I am going to be heavy on the mulch and reduce having to water established plants.
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Post  sanderson on 3/4/2015, 2:57 am

I'm with you on the heavy mulching. You'll have to post photos of your green lawn and a neighbor's brown lawn this summer. Very Happy

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Post  has55 on 3/4/2015, 8:49 pm

sanderson wrote:I'm with you on the heavy mulching.  You'll have to post photos of your green lawn and a neighbor's brown lawn this summer.  Very Happy
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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/4/2015, 8:55 pm

Tshred your rain barrel system looks wonderful and I am envious, in a good way! Every drop of water counts to me!

Kelejan that is a great water collection system! Would love to see your pictures also!
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