What Can Make the Plants Grow? A Rain Barrel!April 24th, 2011 | Posted by in Gardening | Green Homes | Green Products | Living Green | Sustainability | Water Conservation
Two years ago, I was living in a loft conversion in the New York City neighborhood of Bushwick. One of the big perks of living here was our roof access – which we turned into a rather extensive rooftop garden. We had heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, chard, and any number of other vegetables (and perhaps a few fruits).
But one of the major issues we faced was watering our garden, especially on hot, dry days. Up on a tar-covered urban roof, raised planters (especially wood planters) dried out quickly. At the time, our only recourse to prevent our plants from dying was to carry gallon jugs of water up four flights of stairs several times a week.
It occurred to us a few weeks later that we should have collected dew and rainwater in barrels and use those for irrigation!
Even though our plans for rooftop rain barrels never panned out, capturing and reusing rainwater for a garden – or a lawn – is a really great idea. It cuts down on municipal or well water consumption, reducing your impact on the environment, and on your wallet. And if you’re watering a rooftop garden, it saves you the torture of carrying dozens of gallons of water up the stairs!
GREEN DEPOT SOLUTIONS
RAIN BARRELS ARE ON SALE THROUGH MAY 1! Here are three options for storing rainwater around the home:
The Bosmere Pop-up Rain Barrel holds 50 gallons of rainwater from the rain or a downspout. A screen keeps out leaves and other debris. This collapsible rain barrel can be stored flat in a work shed or garage and pulled out when you need it. A handy on/off spigot at the bottom can be attached to a hose or the collected water can be accessed through the wide-mouth top which opens with a zipper for easy pail-filling.
The Garden Watersaver rainwater diverter makes it easy to redirect the rainwater flowing down your downspout to a rain barrel. It Installs right onto your downspout in minutes and is easy to activate and de-activate as needed by removing the hose & adding the plug in winter.
The Slim-Line Water barrel holds 26 gallons of water and is made from molded UV-stable plastic. It comes with its own stand so that you can fill your watering can easily from the tap provided. The barrel has snap on-off lid for easy filling and keeping insects & debris out. This tool is designed to be unobtrusive and compact for small gardens, patios and decks.