They just let the rain do it.
What a novel idea! Conserve water by letting nature do it's thing!
For almost half a decade now, I've been collecting rainwater and using that to water the vegetable garden and flower beds on our property. While I'd love to say I did it to be a knight in shining armor, rescuing mother nature from the excesses of resource consumption, I was really motivated by being cheap and wanting to save a few bucks. I'm not going to post how much I pay for my water bill, but trust me when I say it made a difference! Now, it just kills me to see people watering their plants with a hose or sprinkler!
In the last five years, I've only had to pull my hose out THREE TIMES.
(insert "That's what SHE said" joke here!)
Now, I know, this seems like collecting rain water is either going to be a lot of work, or really expensive. Well, it is if you want it to be! "Real" rain barrels at Home Depot will run you anywhere from $100 - $300!
Mine cost me around $20.
Wait, that's not true. $40 is more accurate. It was so cheap to build, I made two of them. You'll need:
- Rubbermaid Garbage Can
- Utility Knife
- Screen Door mesh
Garbage cans without wheels are best, but if yours does have wheels, I recommend facing the side of the can with the wheels with the house so that it has something to lean against.
1. Cut a large square of screen mesh, approximately 3'x3'.
2. Lay it over the open garbage can. Placing this mesh layer not only filters garbage and leaves and keeps them from getting into your barrel, it should also help prevent mosquitoes from using your water supply as a nursery.
3. Cut a half moon shape out of the top lid of your plastic garbage can. The water from your eavestroughs will be directed through here!
4. Secure the lid and place your garbage can rain barrel under your downspout to collect water!It's just that simple! No more rolling up hoses every night, wasting tap water!
Give it a go! And if you've got any improvements on my MacGyver Rain Barrel, let me know!
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