Native flowers and woody plants, rain barrels
and compost bins will be available to purchase.
Another way for homeowners to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff is to use rain barrels
to capture the rain from roofs.
We use drip irrigation and have set up two rain barrels
I use drip irrigation tapes and connect them via garden hose to the rain barrels
. The height of the rain barrels
exerts enough gravity force to enable the tapes to work.
Yesterday's program offered workshops in composting, making rain barrels
, raising backyard chickens and gardening.
I started by looking into rain barrels
as a way to cache water and was amazed at how expensive they were.
In advocating rain barrels
on its website, the EPA notes that they collect water otherwise lost to runoff, ending up in streams or storm drains.
The first summer after we bought our house, we took part in the city's "downspout disconnection" program and redirected the runoff water from our house into rain barrels
. Toronto started this program to reduce the amount of water flowing into the storm sewers--during heavy rains, overloaded sewers can back up into basements or overflow into lakes and rivers.
At the tree sale, attendees can pick up pre-ordered rain barrels