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10 Easy Pieces: Rain Barrels

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10 Easy Pieces: Rain Barrels

April 10, 2018

Rain barrels may not be the most glamorous of garden tools but with water shortages on the rise, they have quickly become a crucial component of the smart, sustainable garden. After you set up a system, it does the work for you (just attach a hose to irrigate your plants).

If you’re starting from scratch, we have some affordable solutions (primarily in plastic, though some are recycled). And if you’re looking for a long-term investment, we’ve rounded up rain barrels made of stainless steel and wood. Have a look at some of our favorites.

With staves made of chestnut wood held in place by galvanized steel barrel hoops, a Balcony Rain Butt has a capacity of about 40 gallons (&#8\2\20;it is compact enough to fit comfortably on the balcony or a small terrace to collect rainwater&#8\2\2\1;) and is €\249 from Manufactum.
Above: With staves made of chestnut wood held in place by galvanized steel barrel hoops, a Balcony Rain Butt has a capacity of about 40 gallons (“it is compact enough to fit comfortably on the balcony or a small terrace to collect rainwater”) and is €249 from Manufactum.
A stoneware lookalike, a 45-Gallon Rain Barrel made of recycled plastic resin is \$\2\19 from Fast Furnishings.
Above: A stoneware lookalike, a 45-Gallon Rain Barrel made of recycled plastic resin is $219 from Fast Furnishings.
A 67-gallon Wooden Rain Barrel made of dried spruce wood has a brass tap and is \$\244.
Above: A 67-gallon Wooden Rain Barrel made of dried spruce wood has a brass tap and is $244.
A \100-gallon Rain Barrel with a planting box is \$\2\29.99 from Wayfair.
Above: A 100-gallon Rain Barrel with a planting box is $229.99 from Wayfair.
An 80-gallon Rain Barrel made of polyethylene has a brass spigot and comes in three colors (charcoal, shown, brownstone, or terracotta) and is \$\160.04 from Home Depot.
Above: An 80-gallon Rain Barrel made of polyethylene has a brass spigot and comes in three colors (charcoal, shown, brownstone, or terracotta) and is $160.04 from Home Depot.
A Black Water Butt with a matching stand and downpipe connector kit is £74.99 from Water Butts Direct.
Above: A Black Water Butt with a matching stand and downpipe connector kit is £74.99 from Water Butts Direct.
A square Wooden Rain Barrel with a 70-gallon capacity is \$\244 from Eco-Outfitter.
Above: A square Wooden Rain Barrel with a 70-gallon capacity is $244 from Eco-Outfitter.
A 55-gallon Rain Barrel made of plastic is \$9\1.\25 from USP.
Above: A 55-gallon Rain Barrel made of plastic is $91.25 from USP.

 The Tierra Garden 8\2-Gallon Rain Saver is a straightforward budget option in a faded army green polypropylene; for retailers and prices, see TDI Brands.
Above: The Tierra Garden 82-Gallon Rain Saver is a straightforward budget option in a faded army green polypropylene; for retailers and prices, see TDI Brands.

A 75-gallon Rain Barrel in a faux sandstone finish has an additional lower spigot to aid clean out; it is \$\194 from Gardener&#8\2\17;s Supply.
Above: A 75-gallon Rain Barrel in a faux sandstone finish has an additional lower spigot to aid clean out; it is $194 from Gardener’s Supply.
Would you like to water your garden less often? See Hardscaping 101: Drip Irrigation and Curb Appeal: 10 Landscaping Ideas for a Low-Water Garden. For further reading:

Product summary  

Gutters, Rain Barrels, & Rain Chains

Balcony Rain Butt

€249.00 EUR from Manufactum

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