According to our landscape plan, we need 2 barrels to act as a rain water collection system. I’ve seen old wine or whiskey barrels used before. But most rain barrels are made from 55-gallon food grade containers (which are more plentiful and cheaper). A couple of months ago, we bought 2 rain barrels from our local home improvement co-op.

rain barrel

Within one day of rain, they were both filled up and overflowing. It’s a good thing there’s an overflow spout. Maybe someday I’ll paint them so they’ll be a little less conspicuous. Or maybe I can set up a dozen of them in a row