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More on Rain Barrels

There was so much response to the posting about rain barrels in Garden Rant that I want to pass on a link to Rebecca Chesin at her website with lots of information about making a rain barrel, and information from various dependable sources about the safety of water that has washed off the roof. I never thought that asphalt shingles or that the chemicals used in wooden shingles to make them rot-proof or moss resistent might make the water unsafe for use in the vegetable garden. The moral of this lesson is Know Your Roofing Material.

2 comments to More on Rain Barrels

  • barry

    You might want to also check out the patent pending rain barrels at http://www.aquabarrel.com. They also have downspout diverters and downspout filters too.

  • Pat Leuchtman

    Thank you for mentioning aquabarrel. I especially liked the large diameter overflow. The rainbarrel discussion also taught me that wholesale food products are often shipped in plastic barrels. Who knew?

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