Rain water collection

Morning Growers,

Anyone out there have a recommendation for rain water collection that they’re “using” (not something you saw on the web). I have been collecting water in a bunch of giant bowls designed for popcorn and such. I simply sit them out on my patio deck when I know it’s going to rain, but this is not as effective as I’d like. During last nights storms in Illinois I managed to get 3 gallons of rain water that I’ll use as foliar spray and such. When the Mrs saw this she lost her mind about these bowls bla bla bla :joy:. Esthetically pleasing would be ideal, but I’m not unrealistic.

Could use a recommendation for a rain water collection system that you’re using and find efficient. Ideally enclosed so bugs can’t enter the tank.


We have 55 gal barrels under our gutter downspouts.
We simply shortened up the downspout so a barrel fit under it.
Will fill up with a good rain in one day.
Example…not mine but similar…


Rain barrel from home depot. Cut hole in top, caulked in stainless steel screen.
Drain in the fall. Sanitize with some bleach in the spring.


Brilliant, thank you both @beardless @Spiney_norman

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Finished these about 2 minutes before it started raining today.

I bought them through a program my town offers but they’re “Great American Rain Barrels” and they come with some hoses and fittings. On the lid there’s a screen (picture a screen door screen) to filter out all the crap.
Had to rig up and cut into my downspout and stuff but it wasn’t that hard to do.

I’ve never had rainwater available to water to me before so I’m excited for this.

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That is a great idea! thank you

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