Are you interested in starting a rain barrel at your place, but aren't quite sure how to get started, or perhaps want some ideas for making your rain barrel a little more "interesting"? Check out your local extension for possible classes. The Lee County extension regularly holds Rain Barrel Workshops. I've added the workshops to the calendar on this website.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept, a rain barrel is just what it sounds like. It is a "barrel" (or some sort of collection system) designed to collect rainwater for use in watering lawns and gardens. A rain barrel can save a homeowner a substantial amount of water use during peak summer months.
Check out Wikipedia for some information on how to build your own, or attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about rain barrels. The next weekend workshop in Lee County will be March 28th. See the calendar for further details.
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