Growing Green: Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

**Update: After a Facebook discussion – I’m pretty sure Colorado does NOT allow rain barrels, which makes me bitter ‘cuz I really like this guy!**

I received a rain barrel for my birthday and perhaps the cutest watering pail ev-uh. The two are making for quite a happy combination in my garden.

Colorado used to prohibit the use of rain barrels. Apparently, water laws stated that all the run off from our roofs belonged to others downstream. I used to think – how much water could that possibly add up to. Then I got my rain barrel. It is full to overflowing. I have used it exclusively to water my new strawberry plants. A light sprinkling of rain was all it took to fill it.

Rain barrel? Where have you been these last drought years?

Not much to show you out in the garden…yet. There are tiny little seedlings of mesculan coming up. But honestly? I’m not sure that the birds haven’t made a meal of my other seeds. Patience, right?

How are your gardens shaping up?

I’d love for you to join me every Wednesday as I link up to Smockity Frocks to her Frugal Gardening 101 post. Her website was recommended to me by another Internet “friend”. I looked up the Smockity Frocks site today, only to find this post. Don’t you feel like sometimes you are directed somewhere for some reason? I read her post thinking, sometimes we need our rain barrels to be filled up so we can survive the droughts.

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Comments

  1. Cathy c. says:

    I didn’t realize that crazy law is gone. I am in Colorado too. Where did you get that barrel? Seems so easy to set up and use!

  2. Hi Cathy, Well. Now I’m not sure the law is gone! On my Facebook page, there has been some discussion that it only applies to certain people – it wasn’t totally turned over. I’ll admit – I’m really confused and am trying to find the answer! So, maybe don’t take my word for it cuz it looks like I might have been mistaken. Rats cuz I love that guy!

    Anywho. To answer your other questions. :) I think my husband got the rain barrel off Amazon. It is super easy to set up. I would say, one small rain fills it up so well that you need a diverter – so only some water enters the barrel and the rest gets drained away. My barrel has an overflow but then it just spills on the patio.

  3. I just bought a 57 gallon rain barrel from home depot. It’s been less than a week and it’s mostly full. We get crazy rainfalls here in Kansas and saving the water helps during the hotter, drier times in the summer. I wish I could have two more barrels but they are a bit pricey.

  4. I want one! How did you hook it to your downspout? I’ve been thinking about using a hose to siphon the water out of the bathtub after morning baths, but I’m not sure about the suds or the legality of gray water use in my area. This is a great idea, and I can’t believe it is not allowed there!

  5. Our rain barrel isn’t really “hooked up” per say. It has a screen on the top to filter out leaves and stuff and we just cut our downspout to that point. We aren’t allowed to use gray water here – (or apparently rain barrels!) I would think if you used a soap like a castile soap that is biodegradable and gentle enough to wash your veggies in, I think siphoning is a brilliant idea! Water is so stupid expensive. I do leave a bucket in my shower in the am and let it catch all the cold water before the hot comes out. I don’t consider that gray. But I’m the one that currently has an illegal rain barrel that I have to figure out what to do with – so what do I know! :)

  6. I don’t have gutters….would it still work just off the corner of the house?

  7. Hey Katey, I would guess if you get most of your runoff down the corner of the roof that a barrel at the bottom would work just great! You may want to just use a trash can to try it – and I’d suggest some sort of screen over the top to keep debris out. Let me know if you try it!

  8. Jill @ The Prairie Homestead says:

    Wow, I had no idea that such laws even existed! Now I’m curious as to what our laws are… We live just north of you in Wyoming. What a bummer, though.
    Thanks for the heads up!
    And illegal or not, that is one cute rain barrel and watering can! :)

  9. I’m so envious! I’ve always wanted a rain barrel, and we had it on our project list a few years back–but we never got to it. :( But, you’ve reminded me of their awesomeness yet again!

    Thank you for linking up to the Frugal Gardening Series! We would love to have you join next week, too!

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