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Post  Kelejan on 12/18/2015, 12:16 am

One could always cover the outside with something like vining plants so that it would look "pretty" using trellis etc to support the vines.  Or surround it with bushes that could be kept neat.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/18/2015, 8:12 am

Or paint them.  They need to be painted a dark color anyway to prevent mold, etc. from growing inside.  Paint it a dark green or blue background with flowers, etc....

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 12/18/2015, 3:46 pm

KelejanOne could always cover the outside with something like vining plants so that it would look "pretty" using trellis etc to support the vines.  Or surround it with bushes that could be kept neat.


AtlantaMarieOr paint them.  They need to be painted a dark color anyway to prevent mold, etc. from growing inside.  Paint it a dark green or blue background with flowers, etc....


Thanks for the suggestions, you gave me a smile  Very Happy

Planting around the barrels is not an option unless we plant in containers. In the Apollo Garden everything must be within the garden boxes. This is a "temporary" garden area, although it will probably be very long term, but nothing gets planted in the ground.

As for painting the barrels ... we'd need to use paint that wouldn't harm the barrels. We used the blue barrels on the west side of our house because they get full sun for several hours. We used white barrels on the east side of the house because they are under a lattice and vine covered area with no direct sunlight. We haven't seen any algae  in either set, but we've been told a small amount of bleach will take care of any green yucky growth.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/18/2015, 5:46 pm

Both of our 330-gallon water totes sit in the sun.  We used a black paint that was specifically for plastic.

Someone help me out here.....  Bonds to plastic, comes in a spray can....  Major paint name...  also has magnetic & chalkboard paints...

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Post  sanderson on 12/18/2015, 8:54 pm

I cheated and looked at my cans. RustOleum has a spray paint for plastic. Just make sure the plastic is really clean.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/18/2015, 9:38 pm

Rust-O-Leum!

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Re: Modesto, Central Valley, CA...

Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/19/2015, 6:59 am

THAT'S it!  Rustoleum!

Thanks, guys...  

(Man, this memory stuff as you get older....  Um.... what were we talking about?)

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 4/7/2016, 2:00 pm

Hi to all of you! Just a short update on both the Apollo Garden and our rain barrels. Both are continuing to do well. No more leaks with the barrels and they stay full with the brief rains we've had here in the Modesto area in the past 3-4 months. Our lakes in the more northern part of the State are looking so much better, but from the Modesto area southward through the valley down to Bakersfield - the growing part of Ca - we could be better. 

The gardeners in the Apollo Garden are in transition right now, beginning to plant all those summer things we love so much ... like tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more! Al is planting some seeds directly in the garden instead of starting them indoors or in the greenhouse, but I'm a bit concerned they'll be washed away with the rain headed our way this weekend and into next week. We won't get much but ... ???

We've been eating greens until I think we're about to turn green! Various types of lettuce, also kale, spinach, Swiss chard, collards, mustard greens, beets and more. Yeah, Al gets a bit carried away but he gives away many bags to delighted friends and neighbors! The snow peas and sugar snap peas are great to just eat, almost like candy!

Good to see so many long time friends here! Just spent the last almost 2 hours scrolling through the posts, wow, how time flies!!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/7/2016, 3:42 pm

Hi PNG_Grandma!

So happy to see you again!!

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Post  sanderson on 4/7/2016, 4:28 pm

Hi PNG_Grandma, It's good to hear from you and know everything is going good for you and Al.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 4/7/2016, 11:21 pm

I was talking about you a couple weeks ago trying to explain your rain barrel system to to a friend.  So glad to hear all is well  Very Happy

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