Rain Barrels – Watering Remedies


By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Can you believe that we keep reaching back in the past to bring our gardening tips and techniques forward? It is the new age thing to do, to capture your own rain water in rain barrels. Just like canning your garden vegetables and making your own berry jams ~ now collecting your water is back and it is great.

Conservation of our water consumption during the hot or dry summer months could decrease 40 percent if we were to use rain barrels. We lose this much when we water just lawns and gardens. Did you know that just an inch of rainfall on a 1,000 square foot roof will accumulate over 600 gallons of fresh water? Now this is motivation for using a rain barrel as part of your lawn and gardening system.

You could be the first in your neighborhood to show your rain barrel off. Encourage others to take charge and be inventive just like our grandparents and their parents. Water is such a valuable resource to waste.

I have included this great garden, compost and rain barrel system video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWI5EAaOl-o  This should get you excited. I also have some watering tips for you to use along with incorporating a rain barrel system. First always water early in the morning or late at night. This will help reduce water loss through evaporation. Secondly, use a drip hose so that the roots get a good wetting. Next, recycle water from your kitchen. Washing veggies, boiling eggs or excess water from the dehumidifier would do nicely on your plants. Conserve water whenever possible and compost and mulch. My beds are so rich with nutrients that you can practically put a saddle on the worms, they are so big.

Other suggestions for having healthy and colorful gardens are in the use of native plants and herbs. They typically use less water and are adapt at the environment so they stay hardy. This means that you do not need to use chemicals. They will also attract seasonal birds and butterflies. Who knows you may even attract humming birds. Growing native indigenous plants can save 50 percent of the water used to maintain other plants, and choosing drought tolerant natives is even better.

You got to love it. Taking charge of your own gardens and lawn whereby you help the planet is a pretty cool thing to do. I think so.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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  1. I need to get one of these.

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