Blackwelder column: Wet your whistle with rain barrels

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 27, 2012

Installing a rain barrel may be one of the most practical methods for homeowners to conserve water and possibly save valuable landscape plant materials.
Even with ample summer rainfall, evaporation occurs quickly with high temperatures, requiring supplemental irrigation.
An inch of rainfall on a 1,000-square-foot roof surface is capable of producing more than 620 gallons of water. Even a small shower will fill a barrel, saving valuable landscape plants or helping preserve a well with weak gallons per minute.
Cooperative Extension will offer rain barrels again this spring. 
Find out how to get a barrel on Farm Carolina.