How to collect rainwater for plants and garden as the summers get hotter and dryer

How to collect rainwater DIY

Collection of rain water at your hobby farm can be done in many ways. Most setups collect water from the roof of a house, garage or small building using the rain gutter diverting the water into holding tanks. Once the water is collected in a storage container the water can be used to water plants or gardens with the aid of a water hose outlet.

Rainwater collection system for garden

How do I collect rain water for my garden?

The best way to collect rain water or harvesting rainwater for a garden is the use of a rain barrel or a more commercial size storage container. Rain barrels can be purchase from garden centers.

How To Build A Rainwater Collection System

DIY rainwater collection system

Here are some great videos on DIY rainwater collection systems and how to build them.

Rainwater collection system for garden

These rainwater collection systems are a great way to catch rain water to water your garden and flowers as the summers are becoming hotter and more dry. Start collecting rain water at you hobby farm to help reduce the amount of water you use from your well.


Collecting rainwater is an excellent way to provide water for your plants and garden without having to rely on municipal water supplies. Here are some steps to help you collect rainwater for your plants and garden:

  1. Choose a Collection System: You can collect rainwater using a variety of systems, including rain barrels, cisterns, and rain chains. Choose a system that best fits your needs and the amount of rainfall in your area.
  2. Install Gutters: Install gutters on your roof to direct rainwater to the collection system. Ensure the gutters are properly sloped and free of debris to prevent clogging.
  3. Set Up Collection Containers: Set up your collection containers, such as rain barrels or cisterns, at the bottom of your downspouts. Make sure the containers are level and secure.
  4. Filter the Water: To prevent debris and contaminants from getting into your collection system, install a debris filter at the downspout or add a screen to the top of your collection container.
  5. Use the Water: Once your collection system is in place, you can start using the water for your plants and garden. You can use a watering can or a hose to distribute the water.
  6. Maintain Your Collection System: Clean your gutters and collection containers regularly to prevent clogging and contamination. You should also empty your collection containers before the winter to prevent freezing and damage.

Collecting rainwater is a simple and effective way to provide water for your plants and garden. By following these steps, you can collect rainwater and reduce your reliance on municipal water supplies while also saving money on your water bill.

Residential rainwater collection systems

How To Build A Rainwater Collection System

Rain Barrel, DIY Kit, Made from Previously Used Food Grade Barrel, Upcycled, Recycled, 58 Gallon Size


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