Tuesday, January 11, 2011

rain, rain, go away...but fill up my barrels first

i told nick a few weeks ago that the backyard is officially his domain. i planted a bunch of stuff over the summer that i promptly started to neglect so decided to throw my hands in the air and let nick do his thing. he has since done some awesome things such as rip out a half-dead tree and replace it with a baby peach tree, put in a fig tree, grapes, blueberries, a few flowering plants and a tangerine tree.

his latest escapade is rain barrels, which came in over the weekend...just in time for the rain on saturday night. a tiny bit of rain turned into two completely full barrels, which will be enough to keep the plants watered for quite some time. he's so green and it'll save us plenty of cash in water bills. i heart him.

ps. happy 1.11.11!


erin said...

Rain barrels are wonderful! Too bad we don't need them here in Seattle ;D although, I do know some people who do use them for the summer!
good job~

annie said...

ha, definitely not a need in seattle! i can't believe how quickly they filled to the brim.

Leah said...

I have a rain barrel just north of you in Vancouver BC. They do fill quickly but still you can find uses for them - in order to slow the run off that is bad for our environment. You can water your indoor plants, for example - great for them. You can flush your toilets with the stuff - great savings there!

I work for www.rainbarrel.ca and we help non-profit groups fundraise with truckload sales of rain barrels. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to raise $3000+ www.rainbarrel.ca

Happy Rain Harvesting!

annie said...

good tips, leah. thanks for commenting!