You ever heard old-timers call rain, 'liquid sunshine'?
When I was a kid, I thought that was a funny thing to say.
Now, after gardening and growing a few flowers, I see that was a true thing to say!
There's NO amount of water from a garden hose that can do what rain water can do-plus- it's free!
If you look on youtube, you can find very elaborate systems with 20 barrels and more.
A good rain here, can fill one barrel quickly, so multiple barrels are a great idea.
For the most part, where I live, we don't typically have extremely long periods with no rain- and we have (awfully) high humidity, and dew from heaven every night, however, when you have several large garden spots, those barrels can be drained very quickly, so I suppose you would weigh need vs weather. And, as you locals remember, last year gave us a horrible drought!
And again- nothing is better than rain water!
My system is pretty simple right now and I couldn't begin to tell you how very excited I am about it and how very useful it is......but I can show you! ;-)
But first, I must say, these precious gifts were from the Lord!
God put a special friend in my life who saw the need and possibility for me in rain barrels and she went WAY out of her way, MANY times, to bring these treasures to me. I'm very grateful!
Who but God, would see and meet such a unique need!
|Another view of that same barrel. You can see the gardens behind it that will benefit from it's contents! Yah barrel!|
|Another view of those barrels to help you see what I mean about gravity. Because these are up on the hill, the drain easily and rapidly into the independent barrel.|
|This is my favorite type of faucet for the barrels since it requires a little less tugging to keep them from coming loose.|
Wanna better pic of those flowers on the right?
|I knew you would! Zinnias! They stay full of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds! Another gift from the Lord!|
|Around this area is where I will put the other independent barrel. Pretty spot, don't you think?|
But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.