Gardening Tips Catching Rain Water
Every year the spring rains come and turn everyone’s yards into Muddy Messes. Every one Curses the spring rains for the mess they create. I look at them like a shower after a long hard day. Renewed life the clean smell, the songs of the birds and the twitter of the tree frogs after a spring rain are enough of a comparison to how I feel after a shower to be dismissed. Our grandparents looked at the spring rains as a chance to fill the ponds recharge the wells and top off the cisterns.
We need to take the opportunity to catch as much rain water on our property as we can. I have a cistern under my back porch. At some point in time the former home owners filled the cistern intake with concrete. Oh how I wish it was still open. That cistern is at least 15 feet wide and 15 feet deep. A little fast math on the googles that cistern would hold 39760.78 gallons of water. That is a lot of water! To be used to take care of my garden. Or water my trees. I have thought several times of putting the cistern back into use. A shallow well pump and a little creative pluming with the gutter downspouts and I would have all the water I need for the garden.
The most common way to collet rain water for the Urban Gardener is the rain barrel. The only issue with then in my mind is they are Ugly! Unless you paint them. And 50 gallons of water isn’t that much so most people find themselves building bigger and bigger rain collection systems.
The Alternative is called IBC Tank. Each one holds about 275 Gallons in a 48 inch By 40 inch Space. You can find them on craigslist in your local area for about $75 to $100 Buck each. Try to find the IBC containers that held food grade things and you will be way ahead. One of my Favorite instructibles about colleting rain water.
The Nice thing about IBC Containers is that they come ready to use. And a Cage surrounds the Tank so you can take Pallet boards and make them look like Large Planters. You can even plant flowers on top of them.
Just think of the opportunity you have 2 IBC containers tied into your Downspouts on your home and soon you will have 550 Gallons of water to water you Garden with. And it is all falling from the sky now for free.
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