However, the 55 gallon barrel will fill up and overflow with even a small bout of rain. The good news is, you can capture and store more rain water, either in your landscape by digging a rain garden, or inside additional rain barrels. Connect two rain barrels together in a series to double your harvest!
Why save rain?
But how do I connect it to the downspout? All you need is a diverter to channel rainwater from the downspout to your barrel. What I like about downspout diverters is that when the barrel is full, the downspout can still function normally, sending water away from the house. For the rain barrel I installed on a third-story deck shownI used the DiverterPro rainwater diverter made by Fiskars.
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