ASHEVILLE, NC – If the summer turns dry, you may be glad to have a rain barrel or two to save up some of the free water for your garden. You can find rain barrels sold at some local garden centers and hardware stores, or find them through online sources. You might also consider making your own.
A rain barrel can be made from recycled food grade plastic barrels, large trash containers or whiskey barrels. Besides the barrel, you will need a lid to keep out mosquitoes and other things, an overflow spout, and a spigot or hose connection. Some sources for instruction include:
- UNC-TV’s Almanac Gardener: Making a Rain Barrel
- EPA’s website: Build Your Own Rain Barrel (PDF)
- Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Environmental Design Program: Build a Simple Rain Barrel
For further information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.