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» Wednesday, July 16, 2008When It Rains It Pours...
...into the rain barrel. Well, when it does rain. The gentleman who installed the rain barrel says it is sure to rain Saturday since his granddaughter has planned an outdoor wedding and reception in her parents' backyard. :-)
This is a 53 gallon barrel with a cover which is fitted directly to one of the downspouts at the rear of the house. It actually solves two problems, as since the fence was put in, any rain coming through that downspout has been splashing off the fence and eroding the soil around the post. Now the overflow will go into the barrel instead.
I think it's going to take a while to get to the point where we can get water out of it; judging by the position of the bottom spigot we'll need at least 10 gallons. So no maple tree for a little while longer.
One "good" thing about the drought last year is that the yard was fairly clear of biting insects. This year with the occasional rain we have received there are mosquitoes dashing about everywhere. I don't seem to have been bitten, but boy am I itchy from having been outside. While he was installing the barrel I cleared the Independence Day decorations from the front porch, put up the summer banner, and swept the empty half of the garage. An early lunch hour indeed.