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Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Build a DIY rain barrel and harvest Mother Nature’s natural resource whenever spring showers visit your homestead.

How To Make A DIY Rain Barrel

Did you know, for every inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, we can actually collect approximately 300 gallons of water? It’s looking like water collection is the perfect way to save some bucks on your water bill! Today, I would like to share with you how to build your own DIY rain barrel. However, it’s best to check local regulations in your area first–some places have legal restrictions against rain barrels.

What You’ll Need:

What You'll Need | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Supplies:

  • 55-gallon food barrel
  • 2 6″ plastic flower pot

Bulkhead fittings:

  • 1 1/2″ fitting
  • 3/4″ fitting
  • 3/4″ ball valve faucet
  • Teflon tape
  • Mosquito screen (8″x8″)
  • Downspout attachment
  • Overflow Hose (with valve and fittings)

Tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Marker
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Rasp or round file

Hole Saws:

  • 1 1/2″ Hole Saw
  • 3″ Hole Saw
  • 5 1/4″ Hole (or jig saw)
  • Drill

How To Make A DIY Rain Barrel:

Step 1: Thoroughly Clean The Barrel

Make sure to thoroughly clean and completely dry your rain barrel before you set it up.

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Step 2: Drill The First Hole

Step 2: Drill The First Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 2: Drill The First Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

The first hole is where you’re going to insert the three quarter inch bulkhead fitting and faucet.

Start by measuring a spot 4 inches from the bottom of the barrel and mark it with the felt tip pen. Tip the barrel on its side so it’s in a more stable position for drilling the first hole.

Step 3: Drill The Second Or The Overflow Hole

Step 3: Drill The Second Or The Overflow Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 3: Drill The Second Or The Overflow Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Switch bits and move up to your 3-inch hole saw and cut the overflow in. Mark out the overflow, measure 4 1/2 inches down to mark the center of the bulkhead fitting for the second hole. Once again flip the barrel over so that it’s in a safe position to work on.

Step 3: Nice And Clean Opening | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 3: Nice And Clean Opening | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

If there are pieces of barrel left over after drilling the holes you can always clean it with rasp or wood to make a nice clean opening.

Step 4: Drill The Third Hole

Step 4: Drill The Third Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 4: Drill The Third Hole | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Change drill bit saw to a much bigger one. Do take note that these can have a lot of kickback and you really need to make sure that you’re in a stable position. If you could use a jigsaw instead, however, the hole saw will provide a much cleaner hole.

The third hole is where the downspout enters the rain barrel and provides the water that we want to harvest. Drill it at the top of the rain barrel so it’s nice and tight up against the hose and there’s very little room for adjustment.

Tip: Before drilling the third hole, you can use a very helpful technique called feathering it in. Allow the pilot screw to be dug in, then progressively increase the speed of the drill and allow the hole saw to start taking in. This will prevent the hole saw from getting stuck, this can torque your wrist.

Step 5: Install 3/4-Inch Bulkhead Fitting For The Faucet

Step 5: Install 3/4-Inch Bulkhead Fitting For The Faucet | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 5: Install 3/4-Inch Bulkhead Fitting For The Faucet | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

If your barrel doesn’t have a removable lid, you’ll need a hockey stick and duct tape to install the 3/4-inch bulkhead fitting.

Reverse tape the duct tape at one end of the hockey stick, so that it’s sticky side out. Put the end of the bulkhead fitting attached to it and then just slide it into the hole at the bottom and you’ll be able to thread that fitting into place.

The bulkhead fitting is an adapter that comes into 2 pieces, and each side has a fitting to keep the water in and prevent leaks. This is reverse threaded so you’re going to be going to opposite direction that you used to take it apart. Attach the threaded side to the hockey stick with the duct tape. Then take the hockey stick with the bulkhead into the top hole and bring the bulkhead to the bottom hole. Slowly remove the hockey stick once the bulkhead fitting is in place at the bottom hole. Screw the knot into the rest of the bulkhead fitting. Just put the knot close the fitting and grab onto, push a finger through and put the washer on. Then, thread the knot (remember it’s reverse thread so it’s going to be the opposite way) and tighten it until it’s good and snug.

Step 6: Install 3/4″ Ball Valve Faucet

Step 6: Install 3/4" Ball Valve Faucet | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 6: Install 3/4" Ball Valve Faucet | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

First, put some Teflon tape on its thread. This will prevent any leaks and ensure good contact between the faucet and the bulkhead fitting. Attach the faucet to the bulkhead fitting.

Step 7: Install 1 1/2″ Bulkhead Fitting Into The Overflow

Step 7: Install 1 1/2" Bulkhead Fitting Into The Overflow | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 7: Install 1 1/2" Bulkhead Fitting Into The Overflow | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Each side also has a washer. Just take the threaded one inside the barrel into the overflow hole and attach the other washer to tighten up the bulkhead fitting.

Step 8: Attach The 1/2″ Adapter

Step 8: Attach The 1/2" Adapter | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 8: Attach The 1/2" Adapter | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Attach The 1/2″ Adapter into the overflow bulkhead fitting. Make sure you also apply some Teflon tape to it and then simply screw that to the bulkhead fitting until it’s tight.

Step 9: Assemble The Filtration System

Step 9: Assemble The Filtration System | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 9: Assemble The Filtration System | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Make a simple filtration system with 2 6″ flower pots and an 8″x8″ mosquito screen. Attach the mosquito screen to the bottom of the first flower pot and then simply insert that into the second flower pot. Then, insert it into the top hole.

Step 10: Select A Site

Step 10: Select A Site | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 10: Select A Site | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

When selecting a site, make sure that you’ve got a gutter the has a nice even surface. Put the cinder blocks in place and make sure it’s in an even position. Then, you can position the rain barrel over your cinder blocks, the faucet sitting out.

Step 11: Prepare The Downspout

Step 11: Prepare The Downspout | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 11: Prepare The Downspout | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Put the downspout adapter into the gutter, slightly above where it needs to be, and make a line marking where the gutter needs to be cut. Install the flexible adapter to get the water from the downspout into the inlet.

Step 12: Attach The Overflow Hose

Step 12: Attach The Overflow Hose | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

Step 12: Attach The Overflow Hose | Make A DIY Rain Barrel And Never Waste Water Again

The overflow hose will divert the excess water away or you can also attach it to another rain barrel so you’ll have a series of rain barrels for maximum storage. Attach the hose clamp and secure it, and your overflow hose is good to go and your rain barrel is ready.

Want to see how to build a DIY rain barrel? Check out this video from Okanagan WaterWise:

That’s it my, fellow homesteaders! That’s absolutely doable, right? You’d better make one for your homestead now and start utilizing rain water. Your plants will love it but your pocket will love it more! Happy homesteading!

Will you make a DIY rain barrel for your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?

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Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients



Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips



Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt



Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage



Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar



Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar



You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band



Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN

Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!

Tomato

Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.

Eggplant

Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.

Beets

Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.

Spinach

Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.

Pea

Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.

Carrot

There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.

Radish

A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.

Asparagus

Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!

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