I'm beginning to get a bit excited here in south Alabama. The braindead weatherman has actually forecast a chance of rain for tomorrow and tomorrow night!!!!
It's been close to four weeks since we got more than a light sprinkle...even kudzu is wilting...goldenrod isn't doing much better...blah, blah, blah. Thankfully I had gone somewhat psycho (my wife thought...which she usually does anyhow
) on gathering rainwater and my plant collection certainly isn't as large as some of ya'll's. But, between rinsing peat moss, perlite, and sand, and the usual watering of plants in a very drying environment I've depleted good bit of my 55+ gallons of water. I haven't tapped into my "strategic reserves" yet, though (my Rubbermaid 32-gallon garbage can<g>).
I've got three or four 5/6-gallon buckets and probably ten gallon milk jugs that need filling so I'm hoping to get a good rain. A five-gallon bucket of water with a Styrofoam cup floating in it is a handy water source to have near the plants...dip a cup and put it where it's needed. Easy-peasy...if you have the bucket with water in it. Gallon jugs are easy, too...but, there again...gotta have them filled. So, I'm excited to possibly get to refill some of these reservoirs!
I'm cleaning buckets and my big plastic flower pots to catch the roof run-off and hope to get one or two of the buckets filled. Going on a month since our last half-decent rain our metal roof is undoubtedly dirty...dust, bird gifts, tree debris, small intergalactic remnants of alien spacecrafts, etc.,. In the past I've used a waterhose to give the rinse a "pre-rinse". I think I'll take a TDS reading of the public water coming out the end of the hose, another reading with the first rinse water coming off the roof, and a final TDS reading when I'm through rinsing. I know the last time I did this the water coming off first was definitely cloudy/dirty, but it cleared up as I continued to rinse. I'll only be doing probably a 10' width of roof. I still plan on dumping the first bit of rainwater that (hopefully) goes in the buckets...possibly just consolidate that first bit into a single bucket in case there's not a lot more to fall. With the pre-rinse I should end up with a higher quality water...and hopefully more of it. My usual, "clean roof" rainwater TDS usually measures from 0-2ppm.
Anyhow, I never thought I'd get some excited about catching rainwater in a bucket!!