(Sometime Last Week)
We picked up this water barrel from Home Depot last week. It holds about 60 gallons of water and doesn’t look too bad either. Actually it only took about 15 minutes to install. I removed about 1″ from the gutter and inserted a plastic spacer with a outlet that is even with the feed nipple on the barrel.
The other night we had a heck of a rainstorm and like many had dime sized hail. It only took about 15-20 minutes and the barrel was full. This is only one of about 5 we plan to get. They cost about $100.00 each, so we will spread out the purchases. Our plan is to use the water in the barrels when the stream dries up this summer.
Love the website. My wife and I are hoping to do something similar in a few years.
I have two rainbarrels next to a small garden that runs along the side of my house and a flowerbed in the front. I’ve attached soaker hoses to them and put the hoses in the flowerbed and garden, works great to automatically water the soil!
Great idea on the soaker hose. One of our barrels is right next to a flower bed so we will definitely implement that idea next Spring. Good luck with achieving your dream. It is attainable if you plan ahead.
Have you looked into using old wine barrels? Many wineries are looking for people to take the old barrels off their hands. While living in Oregon I was able to purchase three of them for $20.00 each and the winery delivered them for another $20.00. They looked really nice and blended well with the house and landscaping. I’m not sure what is available in West Virginia because I am new to the area myself!
Holly, Actually we purchased them from Home Depot. They seemed to have a better look then some of the others we looked at. We never thought to look for them at a winery. I think I would have liked that look even better.