Country Rain Barrel

My husband and I mused about having a rain barrel to catch the abundance of rain that has been pelting Central Illinois for the month of June.  In one of those serendipitous moments, I spied a large industrial barrel at a country auction.  It had not occurred to me that the fiberglass and metal black barrel might make an ideal rain barrel.  I nearly missed it. As the auctioneer called for bids, I snuck forward to peek inside.  Sure enough, it was 1/3 full of water as were all the other items up-for-bid that had any kind of opening; it had rained kitties and puppies the night before.  Now that I knew it would hold water, the $2 bid he was asking for was certainly do-able.  I waved my number and took it home.

FFTY-FIVE GALLON INDUSTRIAL BARREL

FIFTY-FIVE GALLON INDUSTRIAL BARREL

IM008259 Handy husband, Butch, set about using scrap lumber from the deck project he completed with our son Dirk to make a heavy covering for the barrel.  It is good treated lumber and certainly will not blow away as it weighs about 12 pounds. Sitting at the corner of our lower level porch roof, our rain barrel is already 2/3’s full.  He crafted a handle on the top of the lid to make it easy to remove when rain is forecast.

Finished Barrel

Finished Barrel

The simple design looks right at home on the old barn patio.  We will be dipping water out of the barrel by the bucket-full until he is able to put in a faucet.  He also has plans to make a pedestal for the barrel high enough to fill buckets from the bottom. Using scrap lumber, this project cost us all of $2.  Serendipitous indeed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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