Rain Gutter Gardening: Part 2

| 5/13/2014 10:46:00 AM

Tags: Rain Gutters, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, Buckets, Netcups, Water Storage, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveHere is the next part of the rain gutter growing system, but first an update with the great potato experiment. Five out of the eight planted potatoes are up, and three are growing strong. Maybe in another couple weeks, I can plant the next level. I'm not quite sure at this time if I'll have enough growing season to actually plant the four levels that I originally wanted to do. We'll have to see how that works out.


The first thing that must be found is food-grade buckets. I found a practically unlimited supply of buckets for a buck each at the local Fareway bakery department.

Food grade buckets

I'm not sure what this would be used for and the ingredients don't sound too much like food, but apparently it is considered a food-grade bucket.

The next step is to cut a 2 7/8-inch hole in the bottom of the bucket. This will be where the net cup sets and protrudes out the bottom of the bucket.

5/14/2014 9:09:23 PM

Phyllis, the gray bucket controls the water level in the rain gutters. There's a float valve in the bucket to keep the water level constant. By raising or lowering the bucket, the water level in the gutters can be raised or lowered. It's all explained in the previous post. ***** The blue barrels are just additional water storage. Spring is the time here to store up water for the coming drier months. I have a total of three which adds about another 150 gallons of water storage. It takes a little more that three inches of rain to fill every thing up.

Phyllis Thacker-Grammer
5/14/2014 8:56:44 PM

What purpose does the blue drum and grey bucket? I get the rest of it :))

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