Conserve Water for Your Greenhouse – Get a Rain Barrel

by Jean Gallagher on July 3, 2010

I was amazed to learn that experts believe 40 percent of the household water usage during the summer months in the United States goes to lawn and garden maintenance. That’s a lot of water!

Thus, I began thinking about things a person could do to conserve. There are the obvious things like taking shorter showers or making sure the washing machine or dishwasher is full when you run them. One that may not be quite so obvious is installing a rain barrel.

Rain barrels are a good means of collecting and storing rainwater that runs off of your roof. The water you collect is fine for plants and can be used later for watering in your greenhouse, the garden and yard or washing the car. In addition, a rain barrel can help cut water bills and make use of water that would otherwise run into sewer systems as storm water runoff.

There are many types of rain barrels. Here is the beautiful AquaSaver from Algreen. While many are made from 55-gallon drums, the latest gardening trends call for barrels that are a bit fancier. They come in a variety of styles and are made from various materials, including plastic and wood. Artistic folks are decorating them so that they compliment the surrounding environment.

Buying and installing a rain barrel does not have to be an expensive proposition. Commercial models range in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. If cost is an issue, you can make your own.

Mosquitoes do like to hang out in rain barrels, so it is imperative that you cover the intake with a fine-meshed screen that deters the insects from laying their eggs in the barrel.

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