Spring has finally sprung here in Minnesota and today was the perfect day to set up the rain barrels. Last fall, I wrote a blog post about the benefits of rain barrels, I’ve missed them over the winter and I’m excited to get to use them again! I took some pictures as I set them up so I could share them here on my blog.
|My rain barrels in their winter storage spot|
|Downspout before rain barrel setup|
First I remove the downspout and replace it with a plastic one that is adjustable and flexible. I screw it in place so it won’t blow away. I put my rain barrel in a level spot next to the house and adjust the tubing so it empties into the rain barrel.
|Tubing replaces the downspout|
The top of my rain barrels is wide open. In order to keep the debris from the roof out, (and also keep mosquitoes from breeding in my rain barrels) I used an old piece of screen to cover the top of the hole (it’s hard to see in this picture).
|Screen covering hole in top of rain barrel|
My rain barrels have an overflow spout near the top. I don’t want the overflow to empty out next to the house, so I use a cut off piece of an old hose to control the overflow. At the bottom of the picture, you can see the hose goes into the hole where the original downspout drains normally.
|Rain Barrel Overflow Spout|
Here is a picture of the spout at the bottom of my rain barrel. Here too I use a cut off piece of old hose to fill up my water jugs and water my plants.
|Old hose attached to rain barrel|
Lastly, this is a picture of my other rain barrel. The spot where I wanted this rain barrel wasn’t level. I also wanted the rain barrel off the ground so I could fill water jugs easier and attach a hose. I use two cinder blocks ($1/each) to level and raise my rain barrel.
|Cinder blocks support the rain barrel|
See how easy it is! This is how I set up my rain barrels, how to do you set up yours?
It looks like our April showers will be starting today so my rain barrels should be full within the next couple of days!