I am ready when the rain comes

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Last year I wanted to catch the rainwater to use to help water my ever growing garden so I bought several 5 gal bucket and that worked to a point but they filled up so fast and I would have to go out in the rain when they filled up and if it was pouring they filled up fast and lifting and moving 5 gals of water which weighs 40# is a lot for me.  I learned about rainbarrels and how much better they were than my system so this year I ordered them for all the gutters I have 5 of them and they each hold 40 gals.

Now when it rains I will not have to go out in the pouring rain to move 5 gal buckets and they have a spigot on the bottom that I can use to water the plants closest to each rain barrel so that will make watering the garden so much easier and more efficient. They will get their first rain on Sunday. They also look a lot better than six or seven 5 gal buckets sitting around the yard.

rainbarrel

LET IT RAIN

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Sharon Lee

Comments (58)

Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Live in Florida so rain is not such an issue. Looks like a neat installation.

Apr 27, 2013 05:15 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sharon, once I showed a house where the owner had one of these under a leak in her gutter.  In her mind, it totally solved her problem!

Apr 27, 2013 07:36 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Sharon I was out in my veggie garden today tending to the early season plants.  We have a well at the garden site and if I  do keep a few extra buckets around to collect water to use as well.

Apr 27, 2013 07:43 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Very attractive! I'm amazed to read that collecting rain water is illegal in Colorado. I think government is a bit out of control when they dictate what you can do with water that falls on your own land.

Meanwhile... your post reminded me of a song my Mom used to sing. One child to another telling them they had to be nice, or else: "You can't holler down our rain barrel..."

Apr 27, 2013 08:00 AM
Debbie Durkee
RE/MAX T-town - Tulsa, OK
ALC, CRS -- Land & Country Estates near Tulsa

Looks like a pretty small container to me.

 

Apr 27, 2013 10:57 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thanks Bill

Pat-If it was fixed in her mind that was OK for her then

Cindy-It is amazing how much water can be captured in one heavy rain.

Marte-I agree with you 100% on that the govt can dictate that. I never heard that song before.

Debbie-It holds 40 gals.

Apr 27, 2013 11:59 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon - congrats on this well-deserved "green" blog feature. I am so proud of you for choosing rain barrels as your water source for gardening. That is so cool. They look attractive too. Love Marte and mean no respect - however, having been to Colorado, I actually understand the reasoning - in a state that dry - if folks starting routing rain water it for personal use, it could cause even bigger issues.   Just another perspective. ;)
Glad I came for a visit and caught this post.

Apr 28, 2013 05:08 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-Thank you and that is a good perspective but never being in a dry state it just seems a bit restrictive but I understand what you are saying. We just take a natural resource like water for granted unless something happens and you don't have it.

Apr 28, 2013 05:17 AM
Suzanne Taylor
Ultima Real Estate - Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX

Only problem with the rain barrel is that is has to rain in order to be of any use.  I can't remember the last time it rained enough to even fill up a 5 gallon bucket.  We are heading into mandatory water restrictions here.

Apr 28, 2013 08:54 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Suzanne-I heard Tx is a dryer state

Apr 28, 2013 09:59 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So cool!  I've not known anyone to use them before.  I'm curious to hear how they work out for you!

Apr 29, 2013 05:35 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sharon-With the rain we got Sunday and part of early morning today at least one of them is full and I know the others have enough so they aren't moving. The test will be how hooking the hose up to it and watering when it is hot and dry. I hope to save my back and time.

Apr 29, 2013 07:02 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Sharon,  I have seen these rain barrels at a friend's home.  You are right they are pretty slick and much easier to use than 5 gallon buckets. Kudos on Featured Post.

Apr 30, 2013 02:31 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mary-They will be a blessing when I start watering. One rainfall filled every 40 gal bucket. Thank you for your comment here and on Roger's post.

Apr 30, 2013 02:39 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My wife wants to do something like this.  Where did you get the barrels?

May 01, 2013 03:48 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gene-I got them from a company called Hayneedle. It was online I got them.

May 01, 2013 03:53 AM
Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency - Milton, PA

Sharon - I showed a home recently that employed the same technique.  Only problem was, they left them get full to overflowing.  Given where they were located, this caused water infiltration into the basement, so be careful where you place them...

May 03, 2013 02:07 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Brad-They filled up with the first rain but thankfully we don't have a basement which would create that problem. I will be emptying them into buckets before it rains on Mon and Tuesday.

May 03, 2013 02:57 AM
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Sharon ~ Looks pretty cool! I've always wanted one for garden watering. Keep us posted about how it works for you. Best wishes for a successful garden!

May 13, 2013 12:51 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Diane-They have worked wonderfully. Just have to place something underneath them to make them higher.

May 13, 2013 01:00 AM

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