Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Water Storage

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Here's another confession:  I'm a Craigslist troll.  I must check Craigslist 12 times a day looking for that elusive bargain.  It's part hobby, part obsession.
One of the things I'd like to do is setup a way to capture the rain water coming off the solar panels and store it for when we need to water the garden.  Why spend money on city water if we don't have to? 
So I was super happy to run across a Craigslist ad for food-grade 275 gallon IBC totes for just $80.  These normally go for over $100, so that's a decent price.  J. and I headed up into the northland after work to go look at them.  The guy that was selling them probably had 10 of them sitting in his side yard.  We loaded up 2 of them in Kermit (our green trailer) and headed for home.

We already have one of these tanks and we used it to water the trees that we planted on the farm.  Now I just need to rig up some guttering on the panels and tie all three of them together.  But that project will have to wait until Spring.
Are you collecting rainwater?  Have a novel way of doing it?  I'd love to hear about it - leave me a comment!


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