Stylish and Low Cost 55 Gallon Drum Planters
Stylish and Low Cost 55 Gallon Drum Planters: I wanted to build some simple, low cost & attractive containers for a few fruit trees that were ready to be replanted in my backyard. Using second hand 55 gallon food safe plastic barrels and some scrap wood that I cleaned up on the planer, I w…
Do's & Don'ts When Making A Rain Barrel For Rainwater Collection
Tired of paying high water bills? Have you heard of the ways you can use a rain catcher to lower those bills? You probably also didn't know that 623 gallons of water can be harvested from 1 inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof and as far as rain barrels are concerned, a typical 1/2-inch rainfall will fill a 50- to 55-gallon barrel. I'm sharing everything I know about making rainwater collection an efficient way to lower your bills and help the environment.
How to Make a DIY Rain Barrel from a Garbage Can
Today's featured DIY project is a great one because we are entering a lovely rainy season soon! Collecting rain water is a convenient, thrifty and green way to water your yard. But not only that, is is a cleaner, more natural way to care for your gardens, yard and landscape. There's an article...
Rain Harvesting: How To Store & Filter Rainwater
UPDATE: this post is a combination of a few smaller posts that were knocking around from the early days of K.W.N. As these posts contained excellent information on rainwater harvesting and filtering, I have compiled them here in one larger post. I stumbled across this diagram a while back. Unfortunately, I was unable find the […]
Green Inspiration: Giant Rain Barrels
While on the Cool House Tour in Austin last weekend, we came across one charming home in the middle of the city. The house itself was downright lovely, but what left us awestruck was the backyard. On their moderately-sized city lot, the family had an incredible veggie garden, six clucking hens in a covered run, a three-bin composting system, and a 2,000-gallon rain tank.
Nature by Design
There are obviously lots of things to consider when building a new home. For Brenda and Howard Chapman, one of the main considerations was creating a warm and relaxed space to welcome family and friends. But another top priority was the location of the garden. Being a master gardener, Brenda made sure the garden was […]
Rain Gardens: Beautiful, Easy, and Good for the Earth | Washingtonian (DC)
A crashing thunderstorm after a brutally hot day is one of Washington's summertime pleasures. The rain comes down in sheets, cooling the air and washing it clean. But along with removing pollutants from the air, the rain gathers up any...