Originally posted on Coyote Gulch:

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From the Boulder Daily Camera (Carol O’Meara):

Before bemoaning the lack of rain barrels, consider an alternative, says landscape designer, Alison Peck. What you can do is channel rainwater coming off your roof into the landscape so that it flows to thirsty plants and stores in the soil. There, plants can access the water as summer heat dries the land.

“The interesting thing is that we’ve always been told you can’t use rainwater, but there’s nothing illegal about collecting rainwater in the landscape, storing it in the soil,” says Peck, a founding member of the Front Range Sustainable Coalition. “You can’t put rainwater in containers, but are they really helpful? Think about how small an area can survive on rain barrels, which only hold about 30 to 50 gallons.”

Generally, you can store between a 1/4-21/2 inches of water in your soil, but to make use of it you need…

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Eric Harmsen is a professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He teaches courses in agricultural hydrology, agroclimatology and irrigation. His research interests include: Measurement and modeling all components of the hydrologic cycle, remote sensing of water and energy balance in the Tropics, and agroclimatology.
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