- JUST BLOOMED TODAY
- GARDEN UPDATE
- RAIN BARRELS
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GAMES
Well! An alert reader noticed that my dahlia from yesterday may not be a dahlia after all, but a mum! Let's look at the differences in pictures...it's an easy mistake to make. I think the petals and leaves would be a good identifier.
Here's a dahlia:
Plants are thriving, even with the cold. So, bring on the rain!
I hope you all are catching your rainwater in barrels or buckets. We use old trashcans and collect the water (going green!) and reuse it.We can all help the Earth with water conservation! I like to put rainwater in with the manure tea as a mineral bonus. It saves resources and reusing water helps the Earth. Plus, the plants get the added bonus of all the good stuff rainwater has in it. Did you know that a 55 gallon barrel connected to the downspout of a 1000 square foot roof will fill up during a one inch rain? It's hard to imagine how much water pours off your roof until you go out and look at it.
Also, rainwater is devoid of the usual chemicals that municipalities put in household water to purify it- such as chlorine, fluoride, etc. This rainwater is perfect for aquariums and koi ponds because of this.
Diverting and collecting rainwater lessens water pollution in streams, rivers and lakes. When rainwater travels over impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, roads and driveways, it collects pollutants which often end up in local bodies of water.
There are many commercial rain barrels available that have overflow valves to divert water away from your house's foundation.They also have a filter to stop mosquitoes.
You can make your own rain barrel from a 55 gallon barrel or trashcan. The technique is almost identical to the one we shared for the manure tea holder, with the exception that you want to make a round hole in your lid large enough to fit snugly around your flexible tubing. And you want to have mesh around the opening to keep out mosquitoes. Don't forget your spigot at the bottom!
A rain barrel can be connected to a gutter system without too much difficulty. First, remove a section of downspout and replace it with flexible tubing. When the rain barrel is in use, the tubing should run from the downspout to the barrel. When the rain barrel is not in use, the tubing should reconnect back to the downspout. Make sure you clean them each year and store them upside down during the dry seasons. They can be painted with wonderful designs...here's just a few.