Attend a Rain Barrel Workshop
Attend a rain barrel workshop, and learn how you can capture and store rain water than can later be used to irrigate your landscape and water plants.
Workshops are coordinated by the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension, which also allows schools, homeowner associations, garden clubs and businesses to host workshops with Cooperative Extension staff.
RSVP to attend a free workshop. Buying a 55-gallon rain barrel costs $40.
At the workshops, residents can also exchange up to three old light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs, as well as two old showerheads for water-efficient models.
Advantages of a rain barrel
By installing a rain barrel you'll not only help reduce pollution, but you'll also have a supply of free non-chlorinated Ph-neutral water for watering your prize orchids, potted plants and much more.
- Watering plants with warm water in a barrel reduces shock and damping off of transplants.
- Collecting rainwater in a barrel directs moisture away from building foundations.
- A full barrel will provide water to 240 square feet of garden space - the equivalent of a 1-cm rain shower.
- A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.
- Connecting a soaker hose to your barrel is a great way to water shallow-rooted plants. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to empty a barrel this way.