A rain barrel is something that would be great to have to be able to collect rainwater, but the reality is that it won’t work for those of us apartment gardening.
One reason is that since we are dealing with small spaces, so every little inch counts. Something as large as a rain barrel really isn’t practical.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t collect rainwater though.
The other day when I woke up, it was raining. It hit me that I could put some of the empty 5-gallon containers close to the edge of the balcony and harvest a bit of the rain water. It helped that the gutter is a bit busted and was overflowing at that spot.
It wasn’t a horrible rainstorm and lasted only a few hours, but during that time I was able to fully fill up two 5-gallon containers. Those will last me at least two weeks and will help to conserve some excess water usage as well.
Much like growing your own food, every little drop of conserved water matters.
What are some ways that you conserve water in your garden?