Storing rainwater is a great way to conserve water for use in your garden. Tap water has additives (chlorine and fluoride) that plants don’t need or want. Rainwater is also slightly acidic and helps plants access soil nutrients. You can use a rain barrel to collect rain and also reduce storm water run-off which can stress storm systems. Read about the ideas for storing and saving water and the benefits for you and the environment.
It is simple to collect rainwater using a rain barrel. These large barrels with a spigot collect the rain water that comes from a roof’s gutter or downspout. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow you can collect a large amount of water every winter by collecting snow in these barrels and waiting for the spring thaw . So if you are shoveling snow, be sure to shovel some into your rain barrel.