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Oak Rain Barrel Nostalgia

December 7th, 2009

 

Remember That Old Oak Rain Water Barrel?  

Oak Rain Barrel nostalgia.

Take a road trip around the countryside and you will find reminders of old oak rain barrels. Once a functional tool that was necessary for the survival of the new immigrants to America, they have now been resurrected to new heights.

Stained, painted, glued and decorated, the oak whiskey barrel once held the rain that came free from the sky for drinking water, washing clothes, taking baths and watering the animals. It was an essential piece of equipment that represented life on the plains.

 


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Today we see it formed into a myriad of uses. It not only represents progress but it, too, historically melds one generation with the other.

Although, the oak rain barrel has often been used to hold everything from garden tools to compost, in many dry area of the country it’s original use has been resurrected. It continues to be used in its original capacity, catching rain.

Rain barrels have been used to supplement the yearly water supply for generations. Areas that are short on rain fall, have suffered an increase in the price of utilities.

This has renewed the use of the backyard oak rain barrel. Pushed up flush with the house and placed under the drain pipe, as much as 50 gallons at a time can be saved and reserved for such things as watering gardens washing cars and washing the dog.

In the southern states, where water is often scarce during the summer months, modern models of the rain barrel can be found in abundance.

Made from contemporary poly-wood grain material usually in brown or white oak colors, these copies of the old rain barrel style look convincingly real and are sturdy and decorative. Made to resist the growth of algae, most come with a spigot for easy dispensing and sit flush against the house to reach landscape close to the house.

Whether you desire a container to save money on your water bill or just want a piece of posterity to remind you of your grandparents day, you can now experience that, regardless of which model you choose, with your own oak rain barrel.

 

Additional Rain Barrel News

Getting The Most From Your Rain Barrels

Having a rain barrel seems to be a craze these days. Everyone seems to have caught on to the idea that adding more water to our already strained storm water system isn’t such a good thing.

Rainwater Harvesting

In 2007 as a birthday present my husband installed a re-purposed oak whiskey barrel to capture runoff from a section of our roof. This barrel is used mostly for my potted plants on the patio.

Super Cheap And Easy DIY Wooden Rain Barrel Idea

Love the way an old wine barrel looks for a rain barrel but can’t afford one? Check out this easy and affordable DIY wooden rain barrel idea!

Rain Water Storage In Decorative And Functional Rain Barrels

If your style is more casual, there are also rain barrels for sale with more rugged designs. For example, there is a rain barrel for sale that looks like an aged wooden barrel, complete with faux wood grain.

Summer Project: Make a Rain Barrel

I have two wooden rain barrels my husband made for me over the last few years. Because I do a lot of my herb and flower gardening in containers, he knew I would love the barrel. They fill directly from my eave spouts.

Installing a Rain Barrel

I chose two old transformed wooden whiskey barrels which I purchased online. A downfall of my wooden barrels is that they must remain moist.

 

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Rain Barrel Irrigation – Get Started Easily

December 2nd, 2009

 

Here is an article I wrote a while back on how you can get started with rainwater barrel irrigation. It is really easy to do and you will find some useful tips on getting it going. 

Rain Barrel Irrigation is starting to make a lot more sense.

With so much focus and attention on the current state of the environment you can now do your part to save the earth by using rain water to water your gardens and lawn.

You can also save money on your monthly water bill and dry climates can ensure they have water year round to water their crops.

A simple 50 gallon food grade container is the best choice for a rainwater barrel. You can usually get these rather inexpensively from a drum and barrel supplier.

 


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The barrel needs to be a dark color. A clear barrel will allow in sunlight, which will cause algae to grow. You should have some kind of screen over the top of your barrel to keep out bugs, kids and pets.

Rain barrel irrigation will ensure you are using water that is not polluted with any other fertilizers or chemicals.

Strategically placed rain barrels will catch water run off from your roof.

If you have a lot of area that needs to be watered, you can place more than one barrel under different points of your roof. You can purchase rain gutter attachments that will feed the water directly into your rain water barrel.

You will be absolutely amazed at how much water you can accumulate from your roof. It is estimated for every inch of rain on a 1000 square foot roof, you will get 625 gallons of water. That is a lot of water, and just think of the money saved on the water bill.

A soaker hose can easily be attached to your barrel. Rain barrel irrigation supplies also include a pump that can actually run a sprinkler if needed.

You can also find a variety of different barrels that are very classy and will fit in with any landscaping.

Rain water irrigation systems are very inexpensive to set up, and do not require a lot of time and energy to use.

These systems used to be common place back in the old days. It is time to start saving the rainwater again and saving our planet using rain barrel irrigation.

 

More On Rainwater Irrigation

The Green Building Sector Is Ripe for Water-Saving Innovation

Moreover, rainwater harvesting is relatively simple to execute, especially for irrigation and cooling tower applications.

Harvesting Rain Water for Irrigation, Washing/Flushing, Or Cooking

Harvesting rainwater is a time honored tradition. Millions of people all over the world throughout the ages used rain barrels and cisterns to collect roof.

Rainwater Harvesting

The rain barrel system shown below is less complicated and usually just used for gardening or drip irrigation. In order to get water pressure from these rain barrels, they must be higher than the hose.

Gardening Dictionary

Drip Irrigation – a method of irrigation by which plants are kept hydrated by perforated pipes above or just under the soil. These techniques have been developed to keep plants hydrated with the least amount of water possible. Rainwater Storage – there are many types of rainwater storage systems that allow you to store rainwater for later use in the garden. These range from the old-fashioned rain barrel to many sophisticated storage facilities.

Water Tanks Pumps and Irrigation

I’m simply referring to a rainwater tank (aka rain barrel), which is simply a large container that collects the water from your roof when it rains; allowing you to re-use that water at other times.

Weekend Projects to Save Water

Drip irrigation, water saving, water conservation, back yard, water, DIY. A really easy project is to collect rainwater using a rainwater barrel. Anyone with a rain gutter can collect rain water from their roof.

Rain Barrels

My second option was to connect the overflow from my rain barrels to some irrigation pipe and then direct this rainwater to certain areas of my garden to soak into the soil and then slowly be used by my plants.

 

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