I figured the Organic Gardening section would be the best place to start this thread. I did a query using the Search function and didn't come across another thread on the topic. If I missed it, please direct me there.
My birthday is coming up in March and my wife asked me what I wanted. I told her I'd been thinking about a rain barrel for watering my trees. (We have a well and the water comes up pretty cold.)
She had a few objections and I wanted to pass them by the folks here to see if they held water.
(Rain barrel, hold water..I kill myself! )
She said it would grow mold, algae, & fungus, and it harbor mosquitoes. I know translucent barrels would let sun light in and would grow algae, but a solid colored one would block the sunlight and reduce algae growth. Do you still get organics growing in the barrel? As for mosquitoes, I told her that store-bought barrels come with screens that keep bugs and debris out of the barrel. And I also read that some folks use fighting fish or goldfish in the barrels to eat mosquito larva.
So, I need your help in convincing her that the rain barrel is not going to turn into a cesspool of organic waste.
And, if you could recommend a good barrel, such as the one you use. (Pictures would be a plus.)