Video: Build a Rain Barrel

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Video Length: 5:35
Produced by: Kate Geruntho Frank; Edited by: Cari Delahanty

The benefits to having a rain barrel are huge. First, water in your rain barrel is not subject to community watering restrictions and has no additives like fluoride or iron to irritate your plants. Second, your water bill will be smaller. Third, a rain barrel helps reduce problems associated with storm-water runoff.

In this video, Fine Gardening assistant editor Danielle Sherry demonstrates how to build a rain barrel for under $50.

Click here for a printable parts checklist.

Special thanks to Rebecca Chesin for her guidance and instructions. Read more about her adventures at

Gallon milk jugs filled with water stand at the ready to offer a drink to newly planted tomato seedlings. Get more info on watering your garden:

How and When to Water Your Garden
Watering on the Cheap
Plumbing the Garden 

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