We’ve had some lovely light rain this fall. Our large water storage tank (1600 gallons) collects rain from the rooftop of the garage and is about half full. The pot that collects rain from the garden shed has been filled and emptied several times over the last month. I use the water from this pretty pot to water indoor plants.
I water indoor plants about once a week. Some of these are sensitive to the salts in tap water. If you see a Spathephyllum (Peace Lily) with brown leaf tips, it is most likely due to being watered with tap water. Setting up a simple system of gathering rain water can be done in a weekend.
To gather rainwater from a gutter that edges your roof, simply remove the spout and attach a chain or rope to direct the water downward into a can or pot. You don’t have to be fancy. If the location of your downspout isn’t too obvious, any kind of chain or rope will work and a plastic can will hold the water. I wanted something a little more decorative since my garden shed is an integral part of my garden. I got a rough-glazed pot at Old Town Nursery in Nipomo, about an hour south of Cambria. I love that nursery! I ordered the rain chain online. You can get rain chains of all styles and materials. Copper develops a nice patina over time and fits well in garden designs. The rain chain comes with a wire that fits up into the downspout and secures it there.
Rain is really valued here on the Central Coast. There is noting quite so pleasant as to be surprised with a pot full of rainwater after a couple of hours of light rain. It’s like, “Merry Christmas to me”!