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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2nd Time Around Rain Barrel

Second Time Around Tuesday seemed right for my activity this weekend. My friend, Diane (in the burgundy t-shirt), is a Master Gardener with me. She always gives 100% to any project she gets in her head. She was having trouble in her yard with "flooding" and she had tried everything to get it in control to no avail. Her final solution was to create a rain garden and to make her own rain barrels to use. She is now giving workshops on making rain barrels. My husband and I help her, as well as some other MGs. This is the rain barrel workshop she gave at our local Botanica, the Wichita Gardens this last Sunday. 28 rain barrels were made from cast off barrels from the Pepsi company. Diane has several in her yard and has them painted with cute flowers, etc. You would know I don't have the picture to show you of the finished product. This week 28 rain barrels were made. The workshop she had in the Spring had 40 made. Interest is big.

Each participant did as much of the work themselves as possible. We provided guidance and tools.

Be sure to drop by A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words to see what everyone else is doing to recycle things just like Diane as done with the empty barrels from Pepsi.


RIK said...

What a cute webpage! Enjoyed it and the painted rain barrels immensely. Sure hope someone is instructing those foks making the barrels, to be sure if they are connecting them to rain gutter downspouts, how vitally important it is to keep their rain gutters clean at all times.

Not use for the sake of home damages that can occurr from surging rainwater overflows, but to keep the gutters running swiftly to toward the rain barrels.

Most folks leave gutter cleaning until the very last minute, sometimes tooooo late, or until someone else cleans them. Now however, there is a new gutter cleaning tool in town! One that connects to any standard, round, 2-1/2" wet/dry vac hose. It literally vacuums out all debris, wet or dry, directly into the vac canister, while you stay firmly on the ground.

You can visit this newly invented tool at and see for yourself if this tool that has been called by many, "the best gutter cleaning tool on the market today!" And, I agree.

You will stay dry, clean, and safe while you do the job easier, faster, and save money as you do that "once nasty, dirty job."

So stay well, stay safe, and God Bless America.

Tootsie said...

what a great idea and project!

Denise Marie said...

terrific and green post! TFS

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great project! Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!

Jeanne said...

What a great idea for wet that is a problem. It would be neat to see it finished. A veThank you for sharing.Have a great day.