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It's raining. It's pouring. My recycle bins are overflowing....
December 3, 2014
We have been warned - this is going to be a 'wet one'. They always say that.
I am inclined to believe that we will, indeed, be getting quite a bit of rain. So much in fact, I prepared to collect it. I am a bit odd and can be extreme. My poor husband has to maneuver around buckets in the shower, in front of our doors, odd places around the yard, and even a kiddie pool that I awkwardly dump collected water from. I'm proud of my efforts and they do pay off. Water collected from a short monsoonal burst fills a 50 gallon trash can and I can water my garden from that for a few days instead of turning on the hose.
This time will be a bit different. Not only do I still have the afore mentioned buckets out, I utilized county provided resources and took 1 of my 2 recycle bins from Edco and placed it in an area that gets quite a bit of runoff. I took our new green recycle bin (much bigger, too) and did the same thing with that. In all I think I have about a dozen or more buckets (et al) to collect water. Much more this time than any time this year.
Why do I feel this is important? This is a free and natural resource that costs nothing but time and soaked shoes. The benefits outweigh any other reason not to collect water. I'm doing my part even if the neighbor still constantly washes their cars. It's one less bucket in the shower, too.
Water is around 40 cents a gallon through the water department. That is for the icky stuff, that tastes nasty and smells like dirt. We pay more for filtered. I pay the $1 for Crystal Geyser, because I love that taste. Good thing my Brussel sprouts and collard greens aren't as picky. They will take what they can get, and free is a price I can't argue with.
When it rains, it's not supposed to be an exciting day, but I tell you what, all the kids were bustling and loud letting me know which buckets were overflowing. They may not care what I do with the water, but they enjoy watching the buckets fill up. And to get fruit like this, you need water.