In light of Earth Month (for those of you that don’t know, it’s Earth Month!), we wanted to share a post on how to build a DIY rain catcher.. because why not save water?!
When prepping our garden space in February, we realized all the rain run-off from the house was hitting exactly where the garden was going. This would have caused all of our hard work to be washed away, so we installed a gutter system to the front of our home. That being said, every time it rained, we had all of this fresh, chemical-free water dumping into our driveway.
Well, we finished planting our square foot garden last weekend, and our thought process was: we’ve installed our own gutter system and we’ve planted our own garden… we can easily build a rain catcher!
So, we did. A big, blue barrel sitting right there in the driveway. You’re welcome, neighbors.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 55 gallon barrel
- 1 ¼ boring drill bit
- 15ft+ garden hose
- ½ x ½ inch Nylon Hose Barb
- Garden hose valve
- With your barrel flipped upside down, drill a hole with your 1 ¼ boring drill bit
- Thread your nylon hose barb into the hole
- From the inside of the barrel, screw the back of the barb on as tight as possible (you will most likely be climbing into the barrel – of course, Josh summoned me for this)
- Make sure your surface is dry and apply a thick bead of silicone to barb on both the inside and outside of the barrel
- Let dry for 1+ hours
- Attach your valve and hose
- If there’s only one way for water to get in, make sure to drill small holes at the top of your barrel for overflow!
Voila! Easy as that. Happy DIY’ing. The earth will thank you.