The reduce, reuse, recycle award for the month goes to Beth, An Urban Plot for her series of posts on rain barrels. Follow the link to see what an urban gardener has to say about rain barrels...here's a quote from a recent post:
How much water is it possible to catch in your barrels? Consider the following formula...
1 inch of rain on a 1000 sq ft roof yields 625 gallons of water. To calculate the yield of your roof, multiply the square footage of your roof by 625 and divide by 1000.
One good rainfall, and my 300 gallon capacity is overflowing!
In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet