Constructing a Rain Barrel
For do-it-yourselfers, this Constructing a Rain Barrel site has photos and directions for making your own. To see a summary of safety concerns, click on "A Few Important Points" at the top of the page.
Favorite or New Plant
Queen of the Prairie
Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra 'Venusta') certainly does reign supreme over the garden in July. Her deep pink flower sprays resemble cotton candy and command attention when she reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. This plant is adaptable to moist or average soils, and it spreads into a large clump so give it plenty of room. It's easily divided so you can spread out the show.