This past week we picked up a bunch of rain barrels and a burn barrel from a local Mom & Pop hardware store. We plan on catching as much rain water as possible for washing, and irrigating the plants. When buying plastic barrels for rain water catchment, make sure you get food grade barrels which haven’t held anything toxic. These held vinegar and soy sauce. They’re actually just plain barrels that we’ll be converting to rain barrels with a few modifications.
I chose white barrels over blue ones for aesthetics mostly. I’m hoping they won’t stick out as much as a brightly colored barrel. Eventually I’d like to surround them with lattice or wood to dress them up further.
We bought one for each corner of the house, and four more to put in the garden. I plan on putting a barrel at the head of the upper raised beds, and gravity feeding the water down for drip irrigation. Not only will they reduce the amount of trips I’ll have to make from the well, but rain water is supposed to be better for your plants than well water because it’s softer (or so I’ve read). Also, I think it’ll help keep the walkways between the raised beds from being so muddy- at least a little.
I’m anxious to get the barrels installed and put to good use. More on that to come.
Little by little, working our way to our end goal.
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.