Today we’re sharing some tips on how you can use rainwater for the garden. Be sure to note that collecting rainwater is illegal in some areas, so check your local regulations on the topic before using our tips to use rainwater for a garden.
Many people turn to rain barrels, but even then, if your water source is far from the garden it may not be worth the time and effort. But what many don’t know is that simply hanging a water-filled bag from a tree can also collect plenty of rainwater for plants.
If you’re after a more permanent solution, we’ve detailed some ideas below on how to use rainwater for the garden.
You simply hang the water-filled bags from trees, and then a chain with pebbles in it that allow the water to drain into another container (to collect). You can use this as an alternative if you don’t have enough room for a rain barrel.
It’s all about catching rain where you can – be it gutters or downspouts and using it in your garden. Rainwater is free! You can fix a downspout to the downspout of your house or building (after having it disconnected from the building’s plumbing). Or you can create an area on the ground that collects rainwater for plants.
Here are some other ways you can use rainwater for your garden:
Watering houseplants – Just like you would use a water bottle, via watering can or hose.
Use rainwater to water young plants and seedlings that need frequent watering.
For drip irrigation systems, connect them during rainy periods so they stay full of water rather than constantly needing refilling (make sure you use drip irrigation that is safe to water edible plants with).
If there are garden beds or areas where rainwater pools, capture it and add a bit of chlorine or bleach to make it safe for your plants. It will keep them from getting sick.
Benefits of Using Rainwater for Garden
- Save money on water bills.
- Reduce your environmental footprint.
- Enjoy the feeling of helping the environment, and leaving a smaller carbon footprint behind.
- Add a sense of pride and accomplishment when you tell others about the tiny eco-friendly steps that you’ve taken to help the environment.
Since rainwater is free, but also healthy for the plants, using it as a gardening tool instead of relying on other sources of water has its benefits. It’s also worth noting again that in some areas collecting rainwater is illegal so make sure you follow your local regulations.