while i am moving from one home to another, i asked amber of oakmoss to share some happenings in her garden. she's a wonderful friend & incredibly talented. enjoy!
With the abundance of rain we receive here in the Pacific Northwest throughout the year, I always feel a bit silly turning on the faucet to water the garden on days it hasn't rained. My husband and I recently installed a rain collection system. It's not a new concept, collecting rain water, but it is the biggest new addition to our garden this year. Once we considered doing it , things just sort of fell into place; a neighbor who's in the wine business had extra barrels, the cast iron rain chain was a lucky discount find at a favorite garden shop, my dad had the proper equipment to prepare the barrel, and there was a perfect little corner right outside our bedroom window to tucked the barrel into. There are countless tutorials online, I won't bore you with the installation details. It's still fairly new, but we've already collected a small amount of water in our barrel. I'm excited to let it fill up all winter long and have a nice supply for next summer. Do you have experience with collecting and using rain water? Do share.