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This is a discussion on Rainwater? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I too collect rain water with my 30 gallon rain barrel which I built using ...

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    I too collect rain water with my 30 gallon rain barrel which I built using a black plastic garbage can. Here in Fl we get lots of afternoon thunderstorms and it really doesn't take much to get it filled up. I too use a 2 gallon sprayer when watering mind you I only have a little over 50 plants and so far it last me about 1 month. I have the luxury of 2 growing areas my gazebo and screen porch, in the gazebo I use a shade cloth and when it rains like "now" as I'm writing this I know I don't have to water tomorrow except the ones I have in my screen porch that do not get rained on.

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    Glad we don't ( as yet) have those restrictions or impositions. We are being encouraged to use Solar for everything.

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    I also collect rain water from the gutter,now I have 5 of 30gallons garbage can with the cover and plan to buy more for next season.all my orchid and houseplants are watering by rain water.i watch some utuber who collect rain water from the gutter by connect 4 container with pipe and valve in the bottom.interesting idea for me.

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    I have a barrel as well and I had to resort to putting a few neem branches in it to help control the mosquitoes that want to turn it into a nursery, it's working btw. I can't keep up with the amount of water that's collecting as of late, so much so I've had to start sending some over to Nicole's house and wetting the lawn with the rest, i.e. kicking over the barrel and starting over when the moss starts to accumulate. Rain may be an issue for you because of the location, but it saves a ton on the water bill. I agree with Angela on the restrictions you have in the States, it is just criminal to do something like that but hey, money talks I guess. I'm saving to get a 500gl tank to wet my growing garden.
    PS King K, stay safe. I saw what's been going on down there on the news tonight. I have to check in with my aunt in Tobago to she how she's fairing.

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    Well I guess I can chime in here too . I don't have a barrel , like the others I only have a bucket , well 2 buckets but I have successfully moved most of my orchids outside and they get rained on when it falls . Right now we have just had system after system passing , from tropical waves , to depressions , to developing storms . So it's been pretty wet around here , as of late I haven't had to water my plants now , this is probably about 2 maybe 3 weeks . The rains somehow have been spaced out just right . However normally I am begging Tamara to bring some rain water over to my apt because she gets more than I do collected where she lives . Aside from that though , I just use the hose ..........meh . As long as I water them that's all that matters . I will say though , I have to back Angela up , they do respond really well to the rain water . There is a very noticeable difference . Have you ever tried using rain water Kelly ?
    Also as Tamara said King K , praying that you stay safe and that the rains subside in your area for a bit .

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    There are some crazy as###es up the US corporate ladder and congress, I mean how can such a ridiculous law be passed, I am literally laughing at the concept of a person using rainwater diverting it from natural resources.
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    i grew up in an old country house in michigan, and we had a cistern built under the house. although in the 60's the house was hooked up to the town's water lines, we were still able to use that water if needed by turning the pump on (especially useful when the pipes were frozen in winter, but the underground system was useable). before then, that was the home's only source of water. we didn't use it much, and sometimes the thing would overflow! however, be careful, in some states it is ILLEGAL to collect the rainwater, as some american states have laid claim to the water that falls on your roof and property. using it can bring you a very stiff fine and they require you to dismantle any collection system. the states claim that using the rain is 'diverting' natural water resources and causes water shortages in their water system, but in reality, they are simply not making money off people who use free rain water. studies have shown that people using rainwater relieve a burden on the supply, as opposed to taking away water from the supply, as most rainwater runoff does not get funneled into their water system. a man was just jailed in oregon for using rain water. here in california, even using solar power is coming under fire, they have made it so that you HAVE to sell any unused electricy you generate back to the power company at a very low price. people installing solar systems are now required to hook them up to the power grid at their own expense. people who already have them have to go and pay to have their systems connected to the power company. this is because people lobbied the state to enforce this, since the power companies don't want us to go solar they are making it as difficult as possible.

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    Well I can understand if a person owns like thousands of hectares of land in a rain catchment area and then he decides to store and hoard that water from entering the water system, but imprisoning an orchid bloke collecting rainwater from his house roof to water his plants sounds ridiculous.Usually it will be some corporation doing the former thing of hoarding water by owning the catchment area and then selling that water.
    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i grew up in an old country house in michigan, and we had a cistern built under the house. although in the 60's the house was hooked up to the town's water lines, we were still able to use that water if needed by turning the pump on (especially useful when the pipes were frozen in winter, but the underground system was useable). before then, that was the home's only source of water. we didn't use it much, and sometimes the thing would overflow! however, be careful, in some states it is ILLEGAL to collect the rainwater, as some american states have laid claim to the water that falls on your roof and property. using it can bring you a very stiff fine and they require you to dismantle any collection system. the states claim that using the rain is 'diverting' natural water resources and causes water shortages in their water system, but in reality, they are simply not making money off people who use free rain water. studies have shown that people using rainwater relieve a burden on the supply, as opposed to taking away water from the supply, as most rainwater runoff does not get funneled into their water system. a man was just jailed in oregon for using rain water. here in california, even using solar power is coming under fire, they have made it so that you HAVE to sell any unused electricy you generate back to the power company at a very low price. people installing solar systems are now required to hook them up to the power grid at their own expense. people who already have them have to go and pay to have their systems connected to the power company. this is because people lobbied the state to enforce this, since the power companies don't want us to go solar they are making it as difficult as possible.

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    The only side effect of using rainwater, if in Hydroponics/SH, is that there is a lot of algal growth. It stains and becomes green. Although, rainwater is one of the options, I still have to research how important it is when it comes to mixing fertiliser in it. Tap water has got chemicals and rainwater not so much, but it should definitely have its ups and downs. I think, a fertilising solution made using tap water is different to that of rain water; the difference being the chemical composition of the water(s) itself.
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    simply nasty legislation.....wow....a prison sentence???? in my country they try to charge you $$$$ if u have a spring or stream on ur property and you pipe it for plant use or an outdoor tap....to no avail...how d hell they gonna calculate a rate??? rain is free for all to use.....sounds like coorporations ruling the world..$$$$ at alll costs!!! anyways back to orchids and off politics......i usually let the rain fall for 10mins before collection to allow the dust and pollutants in the air to dissipate.......

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    I wish we had some rain water to collect here. It has been the dryest summer on record - since records have been kept here in Arkansas. My pond that I have posted photos of here in the forum is down almost 5 feet. Trees are dying all around. It has been an unbelievable and terribly hot summer. I would love to be able to use rainwater in my greenhouse, but we just don't get enough here to justify the equipment needed. And solar energy - now that is something I really would like to do. I have a field without trees behind my home that would be a perfect place for solar panels. I looked at some kits, but they are really expensive. Germany, well at least the part I saw in Munich and the surrounding areas this spring, is covered in solar panels. All the barns and homes have them on their roofs. Really amazing to see all the windmills in Central Europe too. (Guess this is all a bit off topic, but was on my mind... back to rain water......)

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