Friday, April 23, 2010

Rain Gauge Report 2010 04 23

.65" of rain in the gauge.

Rain Barrel Status
1st rain barrel is full.
2nd rain barrel is full.
3rd rain barrel is full.

The rain barrels were topped off as I'd used a little water since the last report.  I could have filled another set with this much rain.  We've had scattered thunderstorms and showers since Thursday morning.  Maybe a bit more to come.

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  1. That's great! I really wish I had rain barrels. I'm sure the amount of rain we had the other day would've filled three. I think rain barrels are moving up closer to the top of my wish list! You are inspiring me to get them.

  2. A rain gauge I think would be depressing in my yard. Spiders would take up residence, I'm sure. I was curious though how long you find your rain barrels can supply the yard water and how big are they?

    Apologies if that's somewhere else on the site, as this is my first time here and I haven't explored it, yet.

  3. ~Catherine
    We started with just an extra plastic trash can when we moved into our house (the city provided a trash container for us) and dipped the watering can into it. That little experiment grew into a "system" that we love!

  4. ~Turling
    Thanks for stopping by the garden.
    Sometimes, I have to knock the spiders out of our rain gauge too. Right now, we're getting some pretty steady moisture.
    The three barrels together hold 225 gallons. I can fill them completely from empty when we get .50". A large portion of our roof uses that downspout. I don't know how many square feet of roof feeds it. I should calculate that. Last year, I had 3 total dry spells. Probably, 4 weeks or so of time total that I had no water in them. I use the water for my vegetables, all the containers and hanging baskets and any newly acquired plants. Most of our established landscape plants can take some dry spells. Some of them never get "extra" water. If it gets really dry, I have to resort to our faucets. I have soaker hoses in all the beds to not lose any of that water. Every drop counts!


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