Drop for drop, rain water is by far the most beneficial form of water for your plants. Whether you’re watering an outdoor garden full of plants or water house plants, hands down, rain water is the best. There is just now comparison. Before I got my rain barrels, I collected my rain water in buckets so that I could water my house plants with it to prevent the calcium build up in my potted plants and the plants seemed much happier. Now, rain water collection is much easier and cleaner. I use…

Drop for drop, rain water is by far the most beneficial form of water for your plants. Whether you’re watering an outdoor garden full of plants or water house plants, hands down, rain water is the best. There is just now comparison. Before I got my rain barrels, I collected my rain water in buckets so that I could water my house plants with it to prevent the calcium build up in my potted plants and the plants seemed much happier. Now, rain water collection is much easier and cleaner. I use…

How to make your own rain barrel

How to make your own rain barrel

April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. So, to piggyback on yesterday's post on rain gutters, here's a way to gussy them up with a rain chain instead of a downspout. Rain chains are called 'kusari doi' in Japanese and have been used for hundreds of years to deposit rain water into barrels for later household use. From traditional to modern, I've found 5 unique rain chains that are sure to brighten any wet, gloomy day.

April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. So, to piggyback on yesterday's post on rain gutters, here's a way to gussy them up with a rain chain instead of a downspout. Rain chains are called 'kusari doi' in Japanese and have been used for hundreds of years to deposit rain water into barrels for later household use. From traditional to modern, I've found 5 unique rain chains that are sure to brighten any wet, gloomy day.

Authentic recycled Oak Barrels from Kentucky! Closed system, NO over-flow, unlike most  "rain barrels"  no maintenance!!

Authentic recycled Oak Barrels from Kentucky! Closed system, NO over-flow, unlike most "rain barrels" no maintenance!!

Mortar is traditionally used to secure the top courses of stone on a wall. But polyurethane adhesive does the same thing without the hard work and mess of mixing mortar or the skill needed to trowel it on. Also, polyurethane stays flexible, so it doesn't crack and fall out like mortar does. Combine stone chips with the adhesive to shim stones to keep them steady until the adhesive cures. Polyurethane adhesive is available at home centers and is at least as strong as dedicated landscape…

Mortar is traditionally used to secure the top courses of stone on a wall. But polyurethane adhesive does the same thing without the hard work and mess of mixing mortar or the skill needed to trowel it on. Also, polyurethane stays flexible, so it doesn't crack and fall out like mortar does. Combine stone chips with the adhesive to shim stones to keep them steady until the adhesive cures. Polyurethane adhesive is available at home centers and is at least as strong as dedicated landscape…

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