Learn how to collect rainwater as an eco-friendly way to have enough water for your gardening needs, plus other activities such as washing the car or your pet.
It’s also better for your budget if you live in an area where you have to pay for water. Rainwater is free.
In Canada, most areas get enough rain throughout the year to make this a viable option for Canadians who want to make it a part of their eco-friendly lifestyle.
There are Several Ways to Collect Rainwater
You can build a proper rainwater collector to catch rain, but you can also do some other simple things to harvest this abundant source of water for your garden.
Below, we’ve outlined ways to collect rainwater. Plus, we’ve included extra tips for watering your garden to keep water wastage as low as possible. It comes in handy during restrictions and it’s better for the environment in general.
Why Is Harvesting Rainwater Beneficial?
Before we get into the ways you can go about harvesting rain for your water needs, let’s outline the benefits of this activity:
- It’s good for the environment because it saves on water usage.
- It lowers your costs if you pay for water.
- It’s generally clean and safe to use.
- It’s not chlorinated, which is better for plants and grass.
- It can be relatively simple to do.
- It can be a good source of water for emergencies.
There are many excellent reasons to collect rainwater and use it for your gardening and other needs. You’ll gain benefits along with the rewards for the environment.
Now, on to the ways you can increase your water supply with rain.
A Barrell and Guttering Rainwater Collector
If you attach an extra piece of guttering to your house and direct it to a barrel, you can collect the water that runs off when it rains. There are videos online that show how to do this or you can get a professional to do it for you.
Covers are Important
You’ll also want to have some type of cover for the barrel, especially if you have small children and pets around your property. A full water barrel can be a potential hazard. A cover also keeps the water cooler and it will evaporate slower. Plus, it keeps debris out of the water.
Recycling a Barrell is Great
It’s extra eco-friendly if you can recycle an old barrel, but you can also buy ready-made rain collectors at hardware stores and garden centers. They’re great if they come with a spigot for easier use of the water.
Recycle Plastic Bottles as Funnels
If you have access to old plastic bottles such as 2-liter pop bottles, simply cut the bottom out and place them neck down in the soil with the open bottom sticking up.
Create a Funnel
When it rains, the water will collect in the bottle funnel instead of running off, and it will slowly soak into the soil over a longer period of time.
If you take care and supervise the part where you cut the bottoms off the bottles, this is a fun activity to do with children and teach them about recycling and caring for the environment.
Large Pots as Rain Collectors
Recycle large pots with wide openings to use as rain collectors around your garden. If you don’t have enough for this purpose, you can shop garage sales and thrift stores.
Place them around the garden or yard near areas that you’ll need to water often and let them fill naturally when it rains. Place a cloth or something else over the top to keep the water from evaporating too quickly. Then you’ll have water handy when you need it.
Create a Rain Collector Pond
Creating a small pond for collecting rain is another project you can find videos for online or have a professional install for you. It’s basically a large hole lined with pond plastic.
Make Sure to Cover a Pond
Again, you’ll want to have some sort of cover, depending on the size of the hole, and especially to take care if small children and pets use that area of your property. It’s best to keep them away from water barrels and ponds or holes of any size.
Next, we have some tips for watering your garden that will help you waste less water.
Tips for Watering a Garden
If you follow a few guidelines for watering your garden, you’ll conserve your collected rainwater and make it last longer:
- Water the garden or lawn in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid excessive evaporation.
- Keep your soil healthy with compost to retain water longer.
- Water plants at the roots to avoid an excess run-off.
- If you don’t use products with harsh chemicals for dishes or baths, use your “gray water” to water plants.
Collecting rainwater is an easy way to increase your water supply for less cost, and it’s better for the environment, adding to your eco-friendly gardening efforts.