Far Out Flora – Catching Rain
Man, we forget how much it can rain out here along Ocean Beach. The good news is that we’ve been catching a bunch of rainwater to subsidize our need for distilled water, and we’ll show you how to make a quick, down-and-dirty rain catcher.
We have a couple of indoor / outdoor carnivorous plants that prefer water that doesn’t come from the faucet. During the summer, we end up buying big jugs of distilled water from Safeway, and then reuse those containers to store rain for our babies. Here’s one of our happy Cape Sundews.
You probably have most of this stuff around the house to make your own rain catcher.
Get yourself a bucket, non-toxic plastic tubing, a drill, scissors and a hot-glue gun. Wire mesh is optional.
Drill a hole in your bucket, push the plastic tubing through the hole, and then glue it in place. Make sure there are no gaps where the water can leak out. If you have some mesh, cut a piece big enough to cover the area inside the bucket. This mesh helps keep out any debris from clogging up your tube. Done.
After the bucket fills up with rain, you can empty the water into a storage container.
But hey, you’re asking, can’t I just collect rain in a bucket then pour it using a funnel? Well yeah — but this gives you an excuse to use all those fun tools you have laying around the house collecting dust. By the way, we haven’t been brave enough to use this as drinking water, but it should be good enough for your houseplants that need a little more TLC. Plus, this way there’s no need to shell out a ton of bucks to buy water (and haul it home) from the store. Now go make yourself a rain catcher, ’cause it’s gonna keep raining for another couple of months.
Megan and Matti – Far Out Flora