We’re in the rainy season and everything has turned green. This just also happens to be the perfect time to collect rain water.
By collecting water you can help conserve expenses during the summer.
Last year I started with this 100 gallon container; it worked well and for months I kept thinking a second container would be even better.
We get heavy rainfall in Texas and it doesn’t take very long to fill a tub so last week I added another 100 gallon container. This weekend it rained and I’ve got 200 gallons of water on hold.
The first tub sits near the house collecting rain from the roof.
The second tub sits in the garden allowing the water to be transported via irrigation tubing.
Irrigation Pipe + Connections
My tubs came from the farm store with these metal connectors already installed.
The first thing you need to do is unscrew the metal cap on the tub and screw in the middle metal piece from the photo.
Make sure it’s tight and then add the shut off connector valve next.
If you plan to set up a similar system you will need to do this with both containers.
Establishing Water Flow
Use irrigation pipe and connectors to establish water flow from one container to the other. The off and on valves are handy because when the tubs are full you can shut them off to stop the water flow.
These tubs are about 17 feet apart so moving the water takes time. The black irrigation tubing is easy to use by measuring the distance of pipe needed and connect accordingly.
I added the corner turn connector because I didn’t want the pipe to bend.
You could also use PVC pipe or a garden hose.
Moving the water begins with a slow drip, within an hour the tub will fill up and water is ready to use when you need it.
Between rainfall, I cover the top with wood to keep mosquitoes from populating.
It’s much easier to use the water that’s sitting in the garden tub than the one near the house and watering is a matter of filling a bucket and taking it where it’s needed; this is good exercise.
Rain water is great for the garden and my preferred method for irrigation. It’s simple and it works great. How do you water your garden?