Rain Water Harvesting: Love rain barrels

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Rain Water Harvesting

By plantladylin
April 14, 2012

Invest in a 50 gal drum to use for a rain barrel.

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Apr 13, 2012 7:50 PM CST
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Apr 13, 2012 8:01 PM CST
Sometimes you can find them free or cheap on CraigsList
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tabby
Apr 13, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Becky, what do you use to paint them with?
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RickCorey
Apr 13, 2012 10:56 PM CST
If you find a sturdy one with a lid that cn be clamped on, you could half-fill it with soil mix, clamp the lid, and then mix the soil by rolling it around.

Or set it on top of two skateboards or roller skates, and turn it by hand like a cement mixer.

But it mgiht be easier too mix soil in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp, with shovel, hoe and rake.

If you do it on a tarp, you can mix soil fom the edges and bottom back into the rest by pulling the tarp up from first one side and then the other, rocking the mass of soil back and forth.


55 gallons = 7.35 cubic feet (around 440-450 pounds of water).

I think that would provide one inch of water to 88 square feet:
a bed 22' x 4'.
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Apr 14, 2012 1:51 AM CST
Tabby, I spray them with prrimer and then Rustoleum and paint with acrylic paints. Green Grin!
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canadanna
Apr 14, 2012 6:41 AM CST
Dump question...how do you get the water out ? It gets really heavy even 1/2 full.
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Apr 14, 2012 6:52 AM CST
LOL ... I don't remember submitting this tip but it sure is a good idea! Green Grin!
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Apr 14, 2012 6:56 AM CST
Canadanna, we added a spigot on the bottom, and put screening on the top to catch debris.
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BookerC1
Apr 14, 2012 4:46 PM CST
My mother got several that had been used at a car wash facility. The detergents and rinse agents came in them. I was a little concerned about residue, but once we rinsed them thoroughly, there doesn't seem to be any issue. And the grass it was sitting on while we rinsed it didn't seem to suffer any ill effects from the foam, which was reassuring. Hilarious!

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