ISSUE 46  |  Harvest

5 Quick Fixes: Collecting Rainwater with Style

November 12, 2012 6:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Take note: the rainy season is well upon us in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. To divert runoff and collect rainwater for irrigation and livestock, here are five attractive solutions:

Above: A modular system includes the Buttonwood Wood Slat System (contact Shift directly for ordering information) and the Fitzwater Raintank ($1,800) and Pennsgrove Planter ($910); both available at Horne. For more, see “Minimalist Garden Products with a Mission.”

Above: The Sheet Steel Rain Barrel is made from galvanized and powder-coated green sheet steel. The rainwater barrel features a brass tap with a hose fitting and has a capacity of about 40 gallons of water; €428 from Manufactum.

Above: The Exaco Trading Wooden Rain Barrel is made in Canada from FSC-certified spruce wood with a brass tap; $277.19 from Amazon.

Above: For a serious DIY project, see instructions for this rain barrel made from a 55-gallon metal malt drum via Forgotten Skills.

Above: The Square Rain Barrel is made from long-lasting, heat-treated spruce wood that will repel termites; $239.95 from Sur La Table.

N.B.: Looking for more garden solutions? See nine other posts on 5 Quick Fixes.