The rain barrel you see in the picture is a 40 gallon barrel that has been integrated into the watering system by running a hose from this barrel to the main tank. I did the math and the 12 x 24 foot roof area that runs into this barrel as the potential of 180 gallons of water from a one inch rain. Yikes!! This last rain raised the main tank water level by 5 inches. I figure that was the equivilent of 85 gallons of water. That was just a little drizzly rain that didn't really amount to anything. I may have to re think the design of this rain water catching system. It's potential is much larger than I first thought.
Here's the back side of the firepit patio project. Because of the afore mentioned rain, the progress here has been slow. Hopefully by summer's end, marshmallows will be toasting over the fire. I've been planning to do this for a couple years now and finally it's under construction.
I have been reading a book by Jerry Baker called "Majic Grass". It's all bout growing lush grass with all different concoctions. He has wake up tonic that contains bone meal, gypsum, lime, and Epsom salts. Then there's the turf builder with baby shampoo, cola, ammonia, and instant tea. My favorite is the snack tonic given to the grass every three weeks and contains dish soap and beer. Oh yeah and then every three weeks, its a dose of ammonia, corn syrup, liquid lawn food, and a can of beer. Then if the lawn can stand up in it's drunken stupor, it will be mowed. By the end of the summer I would guess the lawn will be signed up for Alcoholics Anonymous. This picture is a picture of all the stuff needed to get started with the Jerry Baker lawn care system. I'm just doing a test to see if it really works or old Jerry is just trying to sell a book. I'll let you know how it all works out.
Even though the yard was wet I managed to get the cucumber support up. The cucumbers won't be planted for another couple weeks. I suppose I could start them inside like last year and transplant them outside when the weather breaks. You really can't see the support too well but the leaning 2x2s in the center of this structure has wire fencing on it to allow the cucumbers to climb up the support. Last year the cukes hit the eight foot top of the structure. I'm planting more cucumbers this year with the aspirations of canning dill pickles for my grandson.
So as the dreary unseen sun slowly sets, one more preparation step has been accomplished toward the planting of the urban ranch backyard bio intentive vertical growing experimental garden beds. It was a good day today.