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I need inexpensive tip for saving rain water to water my garden. We started a vegetable garden but now we have to water all the time and our water bill is going up. I know I can buy rain barrels but they are expensive. I don't mind making my own but where in the world do I get barrells from? Please help. It's getting hot over here and I need to keep my plants alive without depleting my pocket book.

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Well … harvesting rain water is a nice way to save water and yet maintain a garden. Here’s one more thing that you can do – plan your garden in a more water wise way. Check out http://www.bewaterwise.com/knowledge01.html for some interesting tips on how to make your garden more water wise. Hope this helps!

 

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I need inexpensive tip for saving rain water to water my garden. We started a vegetable garden but now we have to water all the time and our water bill is going up. I know I can buy rain barrels but they are expensive. I don't mind making my own but where in the world do I get barrells from? Please help. It's getting hot over here and I need to keep my plants alive without depleting my pocket book.


Hmm....if there are any wineries in your area, you might try contacting them to see if they have any old wine barrels on hand.  I think I actually saw some barrels recently at a nursery/garden supply store the other day too, so you might be able to check there.  I think that would be the most aesthetically pleasing solution.  But I bet you could actually make a rain barrel of sorts from a plastic garbage can from somewhere like Home Depot.  Some places stress getting a plastic food-grade container.  And if you're watering vegetable plants, etc., I'd definitely agree.

A quick Google search brought me to this link from the city of Raleigh: create a rain barrel from a trash can.  Some of the parts (hose bib, threaded PVC extender) sound a little funny but I bet you could find them at a hardware store.  But you might just want to ask someone who works there...for the life of me, I have no idea what a chimney pipe trim collar is.
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Oh I wish it would at least rain. It is so hot here. Thanks for the tips. I will see what Home Depot has to say.
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