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Old 06-01-2009, 06:56 PM
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[COLOR="Blue"]Just wanted to show the 2 rain barrels that I made out of Pickle Barrels. They have really helped save on watering my plants instead of using the gardening hose. If you don't have a Rain Barrel yet, you should really think about getting or making one or two.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:43 PM
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I'm wanting to make 2 rainbarrels to catch my plant water. I like the looks of yours. I haven't figured out yet what I might use. But yours are an inspiration.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:34 PM
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YAY! For rainbarrels. Those are awesome pickle barrels. I have never seen anything like them.

It's so much better for the plants than tap water.
We have 16 used food grade ones connected now. From a place here that gets them from Keebler. They make the yard smell like chocolate, lemon and butterscotch until they are filled.

In the comments section on my blog post about the barrels there are a few ideas on where to look in your area to get them for under 10.00
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We have 4 so far but have 8 more barrels ready to go once the repairs are
done and we move the blue berries!

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Old 06-01-2009, 09:01 PM
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That's AWESOME! TFS
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:39 AM
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rainbarrels are great to have. best water for the plants! I believe my hoyas and orchids do much better since I water them ONLY with rain water.

here is one of my barrels, I had to paint mine, they were a screaming bright blue


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Old 06-02-2009, 10:44 AM
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Love everyones barrels and ideas. TFS. I would like to get some but I haven't found anyplace around my area that has them . Being in Oil country it is hard to find something that hasn't had the black stuff in it!
At the moment I use a 5 gallon bucket to catch my rain water and I spray neem in the water to keep the Skeeters from laying eggs in it. It has worked great!
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What a beautiful Rain Barrel you have Evelyn! In the community where I live, they require that you either plant around your rain barrel or hide it with lattice. My fig tree covers the one I have in the back yard and I am planning on planting Zebra Grass or other type of ornamental grasses in front of the one rain barrel at the front of my house. in the fall.

I can't say enough good things about installing a rain barrel. The water is better for the plants (no chlorine or other additives), it is free and if some algae grows in it, it is nutrients for the plants.

For a general calculation, you can collect about a half gallon of water per square foot of roof area during a 1-inch rainfall. As an example, a house with a 2,000-square-foot roof can collect about 1,000 gallons of water with just 1 inch of rain.

Mickeys_rose you may want to check "Craigs List.org" to find either completely made rain barrels or just the food quality barrels nd then build it yourself. Or you might even try checking with your cooperative extension in the county where you live. Here is a link from the Southwest Florida water management district that gives you the homeowners guide to rain barrels. http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/public...rels_guide.pdf

Hope this info gets more gardeners into using rain barrels.
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THose are very nice I've been going to do it but, am debating how to do it. It looks simple is it??
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How awesome... Such a neat idea!
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Pushin-up-Daisies, just click onto the link on my last thread and it gives you the instructions how. Good Luck!
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I found my first two barrels at a country feed store, got them for $10 ea. Two more I got at a barrel store, this place sells barrels new and used ones, mine had juice in them. Paid $20 ea. And here the water companies offer rain barrel classes ever so often, and you get up to two barrels for free.
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Wow! I love the painted one and all the different ideas are great.. now to hunt for barrels in my area (that are cheap or free).
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I have found out that the county Co-ops are selling pickle and other food barrels for about $20.00. I bought 2 this morning. I figure I'll save that much money on my water bills this year. Thanks Steve for reminding me about this project!!!
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