Permeable Paving

By |2016-12-12T06:29:45+00:00February 22nd, 2013|design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, sustainable design|

make it permeable. That's right.  Allowing rainwater to go down into the ground is the most natural, permaculture-esque form of rainwater harvesting.  And you don't have to have a rain garden to do it. a permeable patio A simple change in basic materials, at no extra cost, can make your patio permeable.  The one pictured [...]

the Second Rain story

By |2016-12-12T06:29:45+00:00March 17th, 2012|for inventors, how-to, sustainable design|

Part 1 of an Infinite-Part Series... I was recently asked to speak to a great local group, the Evansville Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club, and was asked to tell about how Second Rain went through the product-patent-to-market process, which got me thinking, as the great Jack Handy once put it: "I don't pretend to know all the [...]

self watering garden

By |2016-12-12T06:29:46+00:00February 17th, 2011|for the garden, how-to, sustainable design|

I know what you're thinking. Too good to be true, right?  A self watering garden would be like a self-working job, or a self-oil-changing car...  or a host of other things that we would like to do themselves, but just don't. Okay, so what's the catch? ...Is there some high-tech gadget or ongoing [...]

how to correctly install a rain barrel

By |2016-12-12T06:29:46+00:00January 26th, 2011|how-to|

Any rainwater harvesting/ sustainable living website would not be complete without a 'how to correctly install a rain barrel' post... First, check out the rain basics i and ii page here.  (& click on the barrel to see how it was painted - very easy) Then let's cover the 4 fundamental requirements:  safety, overflow, quality [...]

potting rain bench

By |2016-12-12T06:29:46+00:00January 13th, 2011|design ideas, how-to|

plants pots dirtwater the potting bench has evolved. Here is an example of a RainBench DIY kit built to exact specs (21"h x 28"w x 36"l), holding 65 gallons, with a fully functional potting bench placed right on top. Perfect for more remote gardens where you don't want to string hoses or haul buckets. Notice the little [...]

bottom-filling a rain bench

By |2016-12-12T06:29:47+00:00January 13th, 2011|how-to, raindom|

Most of us would not try to fill a glass of water, or any container for that matter, by forcing it in the bottom. Why, then, do we insist that your rain bench be bottom-filled?  Hopefully  this post will explain that... Numero Uno:  Most important is the concept of pressure release.  Yes, I learned this the hard way. Picture [...]

small space gardening

By |2016-12-12T06:29:47+00:00December 21st, 2010|design ideas, diverters etc, how-to, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

This shows a very simple method of collecting water in the downspout diverter, hiding the tubing under the second story deck, and utilizing your space wisely by storing the rainwater in the benches. Then, when you want to water your window boxes up there or your hanging baskets, simply plug in the pump and use [...]

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