This past Spring we installed our barn's roof water collection system. Not knowing the impending drought that would hit us this summer - we installed it simply because we had no running
water at the farm yet. We had spent the previous year hauling all of the garden's water out from our house - and with the expanded garden -did not want to repeat that process again! It turned out to be the absolute best thing we could have done - and has carried us through this year's drought with all the water we needed. Best of all - it's using what Mother Nature gives us and cost zero to run. . Instead of directing the downspout into regular run off drains – the rainwater from the barn's metal roof is carried by a small diverter installed in the downspout to fill the water tanks.
Our system is really pretty basic and very simple. When both tanks are full – they hold 550 gallons of fresh water – enough to water our garden every day for nearly a 2 months if mother nature decides to stop sending the precious rain. We keep one tank at the top of the back hill above the garden hidden within the compost bin fence. The other tank is installed at the back corner of the barn. That tank is connected to the downspout to catch the rain water coming off the metal roof of the barn. A simple overflow tube is installed on the main rainwater tank that sends all excess water to the regular drains when the tanks become full. One inch of rain will nearly fill one tote completely.
Commented on Aug 26, 2012
Great idea for watering. My husband and I got rain barrels from the City for about $35 a piece
and did the same thing. I like the roof-top idea, too. I would, Laurie, check with the food plants as someone else said. You might just get lucky and find some real cheap!
Difficult, messy beyond belief. More expensive than we thought. Wanted to cry & give up....at one point I hated them, but now, ah....I have to admit, well, you decide... Do they look good? Oh yeah, was it worth it? Yes it was.
I was wanting some planter boxes for my front door. With a few supplies from the hardware store I created these for $15 a pop. I painted them to match my exterior trim and I love them!
You can see the full tutorial at http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/04/15-outd...
Commented on Jul 22, 2012
I think I'd use smaller, less "stand-out" planters, either up against the walls on either side
of the door or in front of the posts. So, while the planters are very pretty, they take up too much room in front of the door, taking the viewer's eye away from the beauty of that door. I would also make the planters in a different style, more in line with the style of the house and that door.