Garden Buddy alerted me a while back that the City of Chicago was offering rain barrels to encourage water conservation and to help keep the sewers from getting clogged. This is a real problem in these parts - my basement flooded because of this the first weekend that we moved to this house. Anyway, GB is on vacation and today she picked one up for me and dropped it off in my backyard. GB - I love it when you are on vacation!
This is a horrible picture. I took it in the middle of a storm, at almost 8pm, with a flash, standing in the doorway so I wouldn't get wet. I could have waited for a better photo-op but I was so excited about it. Isn't this thing fabulous????? It seems way bigger than the ones I saw on the garden walk and it was only 40 bucks! The booklet that came with it suggested raising it on a platform and attaching soaker hoses to the spigot. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Torture deck = rain barrel platform?