Are you looking for sustainable ways to water your garden? In this post, we discuss saving water during dry spells with rain barrels.
During the summer months, it seems my area of NW Ohio keeps missing any substantial amount of rain. Watching the rain develop around us according to Weather Channel radar and we miss it. The neighboring community in Toledo, Ohio water source was declared toxic and over 400,000 residents were advised NOT to drink or water vegetables with the city water. My home garden was not affected by this because we draw our water from the well. After this local event, it really made me take a closer look at water and what I can do to keep my garden growing healthy.
We recently had a new roof put on our garage which has 2 rain barrels attached to catch rain runoff. When collecting rainwater from roofs homeowners need to be very careful. Rainwater flows over a roof surface it can pick up pollutants such as bacteria from birds and other animals, and chemicals from roof materials. Check out information on the EPA site.
There have not been many studies done to decided if rainwater is safe for vegetable gardens. Check out information on Testing and Applying Harvested Water to Irrigate a Vegetable Garden website: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1218/
A Few Reasons to Save Rain Water
Below are a few reasons to save rainwater to use in your home garden.
- Collecting water is a great way to converse water.
- Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property.
- Rain ‘harvesting’ is free water for use in your landscape.
In my garden, I have a few different places to save the water and I know this will not work for everyone because we all live and garden differently.
Tips to Help Conserve Water
Below are a few tips to help you conserve water in your home garden.
- Install rain barrels in your garden and home to help collect water for watering the landscape.
- Turn off the facet that is attached to the house, not just the hose. This will keep your hose from leaking and wasting water.
- Water your garden in the evening or in the early morning to avoid evaporation.
- When you are expecting rain … set out buckets and wheel barrels to collect the rainwater to use for watering the garden.
- Sweep your pathways and porch rather than hosing them down with water to clean.
Here Comes The Rain … are you ready?
Rain Barrels Suggestions
Before the next storm arrives I have listed a few rain barrel designs I recommend for your home garden. If you like my slate rain barrel featured in this post I found one similar to it by Algreen Castilla Rain Barrel with Brass Spigot. Mine is by the same company only I think it is was a show special because I’ve not been able to find the design anywhere after bringing this one home in 2013. Another favorite is the design featured on the side of the garage in the image above.
Do you have any water-saving tips you use in your home and garden? Please share them with me on this blog post because I’m looking forward to making a difference with you! Consider visiting my contact page and reaching out to me there as well.
Happy Gardening and Saving Water,