No, I didn't go to church (is my mother reading this? Argh- I think she has me figured out by now anyway). In our efforts to build our garden of fresh, organic produce, hubby and I ran into a discussion about water. Gardens need it. Depending upon the weather, they could need a lot of it. Our water supply comes from a private well. In my recent internet surf sessions about eco-friendly practices, water conservation is frequently a topic that comes up. It seems that we often take our "unlimited" safe, clean, water supply for granted. So, we started talking. There was talk about drip hoses, irrigation systems and just regular "get your butt out to the garden with a watering can" type talk as we (mostly hubby) decided how we would keep this garden hydrated. The thought of turning on the faucet to our outdoor hose and just leaving it on for extended periods of time, running our well, made me nervous....until hubby came up with the solution: rain barrels. I had heard of them....I saw them online, but I didn't know if they would truly be effective. Today, I am here to tell you that effective they are!