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rain barrels!

We finally got some actual summer weather, hot and sunny! So I actually used water out of my rain barrel! First time since about June last year. Last year we had zero rain for four months so the barrels (two, total 150 gallons) sat empty all season. This year we have had nothing but rain, so the barrels have been brimming over, but I've had no use for the water...

So today I watered all the beds in back and all the containers on the deck and filled up the gold fish pond and managed to use about two thirds of one. YAY!! Finally my investment in rainbarrels is paying off!
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Do the raccoons eat your goldfish?

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The first year we had them, something kept eating them. Probably the raccoon, but we had a fox hanging around some that year and other critters.

Anyway, we got a structure to put in the pond that gives them hiding places-- one of those things they make for aquariums that fish can swim in and out of. Put that in the bottom of the pond and since then we haven't lost any more fish!
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I have a few rain barrels and have used the collected water on my flowers and lawns. I've been hesitant to use the water on edibles because I read that the run off from composition roofs may contain chemicals leached from the roofing material. - But then our municipal water has chemicals as well.
There's also concern about bird poo on the roof :roll: I curious what you all think?
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bird poo is just fertilizer! (You aren't going to drink the water, right?)

Here's a thread I did last year on the topic of possible contamination of rainwater from the roof:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=117078&highlight=roof+water#117078

Bottom line is that it is not a problem for any plants you will put it on, but you probably don't want to drink it.
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naw, wasn't thinking of drinking the stuff.

Thanks for all the info!
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