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Water Your Garden, Save Money and Live Green with a Rain Barrel!

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We all need to water our lawns and gardens sometimes to keep them green and healthy, especially during the dry summer we're experiencing this year. But if you just reach for the garden hose when your lawn and garden are thirsty, you're spending more on your water bill than you need to. Many of your neighbors use rain barrels as an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly way to keep their plants healthy. Read on to find out how to try a rain barrel in your garden--it's easier than you think!
Building Your Rain Barrel
1. Bring your barrel home and flush it out thoroughly with clean water.
2. Drill a hole on the side of the barrel, 1 to 2 inches below the top.
3. Flip the barrel over, and drill a hole on the side of the barrel, near the bottom. Drill a hole that is the same diameter as your spigot, or a slightly smaller diameter.
4. Attach your spigot to the bottom hole on your rain barrel. Better Homes and Gardens has easy instructions for attaching and sealing your rain barrel's
Difficulty: Easy
  • How To Build a Rain Barrel

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  • Louisa H
    Louisa H Tacoma, WA

    vinegar will be better then bleach or u can use Mrs. wright's blueing, a drop or two will do the same thing, and doesn't harm the plants. There is actually nothing wrong for the water to have algae in it, as it is added protein for the plants you

  • Christine Myers
    Christine Myers Hudson, NY

    can you use this to get drinking water too and how would you make it safe to drink??

  • Julie Moyna
    Julie Moyna Santa Clarita, CA

    I love that! Too bad I'm in Cali and we haven't had any rain! It's on my list though! Thank you!

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa

    Your instructions are fantastic! This is definitely on my 'to do' list!

  • Kathy Bitzan
    Kathy Bitzan Olympia, WA

    How creative. It would be fun just to have one in the yard. Someone in Oregon would freak if your collect water from the sky. LOl or build a lake.

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