But that rainwater is precious! The plants just love it compared to the water from the shower and the backyard spigot, which is a bit on the salty side. So when it rains, we try to save as much as we can.
Now, the plan is to eventually get a 150 gallon stock tank, but we're obviously not quite there yet. In the meantime, the old kitty little buckets work GREAT. That happens to be a spot in front of the kitchen window where the gutter is broken and it just pours down off the house - a perfect place for collection!
We originally only had 4 buckets out there, but the rain just wouldn't stop. I ended up spending two days last week, running all over the house, in and out of the backyard, getting soaked in the process, pulling everything from the house that could possibly hold water - trash cans, watering can, mop bucket... Every time one of the buckets would fill, I'd move it and put an empty one in it's place.
Sure, it's ain't pretty, and I spent two days looking like a drowned rat, but those buckets saved us several days worth of water, water we won't need from the city. And I really do believe it's all the little things we do that add up to make a big difference in the world.
What about you? Do you collect rainwater for your garden? Have you designed your own barrels? Bought them? Or are you making due like me?