When you’re new at this gardening thing, every little event is worth celebrating. And the new rain barrel certainly fits our criteria of things to celebrate. Break out the champagne! (You think I’m kidding.)
The Scientist has jumped wholeheartedly on board with the 2008 Bumbling Gardener adventure and deserves a medal for all the back breaking groundbreaking he did to prep the soil. But that’s another post…I have the good fortune of having a Partner in Grime (gardening is dirty work, people) with a nice big vehicle and the willingness to join me in the adventure. A little bit of scouting at City Farmer put me in touch with the City of Vancouver Rain Barrel Program which provides city residents with a subsidized rain barrel (50% off).
The Scientist hooked it up and is regularly watering the garden with it. In fact, after a few days without rain, and a dwindling supply in the barrel, we were actually pleased to have a recent overnight deluge. Can’t say I ever thought I’d be pleased to hear there is rain in the forecast!
I’ve always wanted one — I have “barrel envy”. But, for those of us not in the City of Vancouver, I noticed that Costco is carrying rain barrels this year.
Liz…I love watching your blog for garden updates. Tt
Hmmm, do you know anyone within city limits who isn’t using one of their two allotted, subsidized rain barrels…
Thank you! We aim to keep you entertained as well as just a little bit more educated about the pitfalls and victories of urban gardening.