Deeper Shades of Green: Start Your Summer Green, Build a Rain Barrel

Hot, summer days are here again, and for most of us that means using a lot more water to keep our yards and potted plants thriving. Increased attention on possible water shortages during summer months has us looking for water conservation strategies. It’s obvious that we would prefer to drink water from a faucet rather than what runs off the roof in a rainstorm, but can flowers and grass tell the difference? No, so instead of filling up watering cans with tap water build a rain barrel and harvest your own water!

To build your own rain barrel you will need a large plastic barrel, a nylon or plastic filter, two water spouts, two rubber washers, plastic extender pipe, and a hack saw. For step-by-step instructions on building a rain barrel visit Good luck, you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits of a healthy garden without a higher water bill!