Questions tagged [rain-barrel]

Barrel for collecting rain water to provide irrigation at a future date.

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How long can rain water be stored in tanks?

I plan to collect rainfall (this autumn or next spring) from roof into plastic tanks (1 m3 capacity) and use collected water later for watering vegetables. My question is for how long can rain water ...
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How much rainwater should I collect for the garden?

What are the steps to calculate how much rainwater I should collect for my garden? Let's reason in liters/square meter of plants, to make it generic. Let's use this for the statistics of rainfall: ...
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How do I deal with variable head in a gravity drip system?

I am planning a gravity drip irrigation system fed from a large cistern that is 55 inches tall from the faucet to the overflow tube. This will yield a significant variation in water pressure between ...
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Soaker hose with a rain barrel

I have a simple setup with a rain barrel, and I'd like to run a soaker hose from it to water some flowers at my house. I am hoping to find a soaker hose that will be reliable enough to use for a few ...
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rain barrel diverter for 6x6 downspout [closed]

We are planting a garden at our preschool, including a rain barrel painted by the kids. The downspouts on the school are 6 inches by 6 inches. All of the rain barrel diverters I have found are ...
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Any reason not to add a spigot to the bottom of my rain barrel?

I got a rain barrel that has a spigot coming out of the side about 5" above the bottom. This seems inefficient, since it means that there's always going to be 5" of standing water in the barrel below ...
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Micro Drip Irrigation Backflow Filter (To Protect Pump)

I've installed micro irrigation, as: water butt > pump filter > Shurflo 30psi pump > 16mm supply pipe > 4mm pipe > emitters Have seen others mention dirt can enter the emitters & eventually ...
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What are the absolute most water-thirsty plants?

I have a balcony that gets about 4 hours 1 hour of direct sunlight a day (but several many hours of indirect sunlight bouncing off a building in front) that has an A/C unit where the water condensate ...
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Should I clean out my rain barrel before using the water on my vegetables?

I am concerned about the quality of the water in my rain barrel, but I am not sure if it is harmful or helpful to plants - especially in my vegetable garden. It would be pretty simple to clean it ...
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Is rust from a steel rainwater barrel harmful to edible plants?

We are using a used steel drum barrel as a rainwater container. Someone else in our house brought it from work, and we haven't bothered replacing with a plastic one yet. Supposing that there is no ...
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How can I pump water from a rain barrel to my balcony?

I live in an apartment with a porch that is one story off of the ground. I plan on container gardening on the porch, but I don't have a spigot outside to connect a hose. There is, however, a gutter ...
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Could rain barrels be considered suitable substitutes for rain gardens?

My county requires rainwater management to be incorporated into lot plans for new construction if a certain percentage of the lot is impervious. This seems a sensible measure. We are under the ...
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How best to connect multiple water butts?

I've just come into possession of two 120L water butts to connect up to my shed on my allotment plot, but as it is a pent roof I need to connect the water butts together as there is only one downpipe. ...
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Which US states restrict rain water harvesting?

Does anyone have an up-to-date list of which US states require a permit or otherwise restrict land owners from harvesting water? I know Washington, Utah, and Colorado were on the list at one point.
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Why does the water in my rain barrel evaporate quickly?

I have some rain barrels in my yard. After a certain amount of tinkering, they collect rain water well. However, I notice that a day or two after the rain, most of the water is gone. I've checked for ...
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Is rain water better than tap water for plants?

Is it better to water your plants with rain water collected in water butts? I mean is that better than water straight from the tap? And is it just a matter of temperature (presumably plants don't ...