Monday, March 23, 2009

Saving the rainwater, growing the veggies

We're not used to working together as a team. We're more accustomed to splitting up the responsibilities, or as Husband put it, we "Divide and Conquer." So when I signed us up for a rain barrel making workshop at a nearby environmental charter school, we stumbled through the process as an awkward team.

I got out the camera and then left it on the kitchen table, so we ended up without pictures, but that's fine. Frankly, it wasn't a very photogenic experience. Just imagine a big plastic barrel, the two of us drilling holes and fitting it with two tubes and a spigot, and there you have it. We covered the top with mesh to keep the bugs out, and now it's done. We'll hook it up to the downspout at the back of the garage near the garden, and it'll be good to go. Er, ready to catch the next storm.

It looks rather blah out there now, so maybe I'll try to convince La Petite to paint it. Maybe polka dots? It would match the deck chairs!



Here it is, not hooked up yet, with the garden area in the background. It was too cold to even start working outside today. Sigh. If March goes out like a lamb, maybe there's hope.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I saw that course advertised in the paper but we already had a commitment that day..looks like it was a good time, though!

3/23/2009 10:49 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

Way cool! We've been talking about building one of those. Nice.

3/23/2009 3:19 PM  
Anonymous The Casual Perfectionist said...

You wanna hear something crazy? It's illegal in my city to use a rain-barrel. It is considered "rainwater harvesting" and violates water-rights.

No, I'm not kidding.

*sigh*

3/23/2009 3:20 PM  
Blogger Earth Muffin said...

Mr. EM is taking a rain barrel info class at the local community college this week and the rain barrel is part of the class fee. Squee!!!

3/23/2009 8:20 PM  
Blogger Club 166 said...

I think you should paint it to look like an upended Guernsey, myself.

Joe

3/25/2009 12:02 AM  

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