The Green Desk

Installing a Rain Barrel

How can I harvest rainwater to use for watering plants?

Children enjoy watering plants with rainwater collected in rain barrels using child-sized watering cans and buckets. Watering plants with harvested rainwater saves resources and is a learning opportunity. Rain barrels are inexpensive and the tools and skills required for installation are fairly basic.

Click here for an information sheet with step-by-step instructions for installing a rain barrel.

Installing a rain barrel at a childcare center in North Carolina.

Child-sized buckets sit near a rain barrel ready for the next watering.

A child enjoys filling a watering can with rainwater and watering plants.

A rain barrel is tucked within a perennial garden.