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Winterizing Rain Barrels

November 8th, 2011

Well, these frosty mornings remind me that I need to get my rain barrels emptied for the winter.  I am collecting gallon milk jugs to store my rain water indoors. I have about 200 gallons still in my barrels. So I will need to do a good watering of my trees and shrubs and then save 50-60 gallons for indoor use this winter.  We will drain them and store them covered or upside down so they will not collect ice and snow over the winter.

Hmmmmm, if I had a cistern, I wouldn’t have to do this.  I am planning to attend a day of learning about “Beyond Rain Barrels” at the Johnson County Extension office November 15.  www.rainscapingiowa.org  Anyone want to join me?

Kristi Cooper

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