Looking Forward to Spring!

Looking Forward to Spring!

by: Melanie Wilhelm Every year as the winter season comes to an end and the buds of spring begin, I get excited with anticipation for planting season. I can hardly wait to visit my favorite greenhouses, seeking plants to use in my containers and landscape. Weeks before the plants start to show up on the racks, I start thinking about colors, textures, shapes and heights of plants, how to arrange them and where to put them around the house. Once I’ve made all of my purchases, I set up a planting bench and get to work. I get everything planted in a certain arrangement within the container, fill with soil, and then water well before setting or hanging the containers around the house. But then, the blasting heat of the summer gets here. When it is really hot, I have to water the plants every day in order to keep them alive and healthy. I can use a lot of water in one summer just watering the plants (not to mention watering our newly planted grass). As many of us who pay a city water bill know “Water isn’t free”! Or could it be free? Last year, one rainy day as I was looking out the window, I observed all of the water gushing out of our five down spouts. “Wait a minute.” I said aloud to myself, “How can I capture that water so I can use it to water my plants?” So I started doing some research and found that I was not the only one wondering this same thing. I found a plethora of rain barrels for sale on line. There are many different companies selling various sizes, shapes and colors of containers that can capture your rainwater from your home’s down spouts. I thought I would share a few with you just in case you might be interested in saving some money and capturing the free water that nature already gives us: Rain. Home Depot Lowe’s Rain Barrel Source Rain Barrels and More Aaron’s Rain Barrels and More Video Example of Installation

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