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Rain Barrels

Its raining in the southeast and when it does, we gets lots of hits from people looking for information on how to buy rain barrels  I decided to do a short post so that the information is easy to access.  If you live in the Charlotte NC metro area, there are two easy ways to order rain barrels in April.  In Charlotte, order your rain barrels through Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District but hurry, deadline to order is April 7.  If you miss that deadline and live near Matthews, Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) and the Town of Matthews have teamed up to sell the same rain barrels at the same price as the county.  Send an email to HAWKncwf@gmail.com to order yours today, deadline April 15.  And if you don’t live close enough to the Charlotte area to take advantage of these sales, contact your local county extension office and ask where you can get a rain barrel .

Tree Seedling and Rain Barrel Sale January 26

The annual Mecklenburg County Tree Seedling and Rain Barrel Sale is just around the corner!  If you haven’t already ordered your rain barrel, make sure you do it by Monday, January 14th.  And when you are there picking up your Rain Barrel on the 26th, you can pick up a lot of great bushes and trees which are native to the Piedmont area of the Carolinas.  This sale is an hugely popular event and even though the doors don’t open until 9am, lines start forming around 8am.  There will be dogwoods, red maples, oaks, beauty berry, long leaf pine, button bushes and more on sale for $1-$5.  For a complete list and more information, click here.  Doors will remain open while supplies last, or noon, whichever comes first. If you miss out on the opportunity to get a rain barrel on the 26th, there will be other opportunities throughout 2008. For a list of the schedule, click here.

Rain, Glorious Rain!!!

Over the last couple of days here in the drought ravaged Southeast, we have been experiencing a rare occurrence……RAIN! And fortunately, its the best kind of rain: a nice, gentle rain that is soaking into the ground versus a “gully washer” that runs off before the plants have a chance to take a drink. Its also a great reminder to install a rain barrel to keep some of the water for use later on when we are back in a dry spell. Mecklenburg County’s annual rain barrel sale will be January 26th, so I hope you will consider buying one for your garden. Deadline for ordering is January 14, 2008. And in case you haven’t seen our video and how to install a rain barrel, here it is again!

Rain Barrels On Sale in Charlotte on Nov 17th

On Saturday, November 17th from 10am to noon, Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding an emergency rain barrel sale. No orders will be taken so its “first come, first served” at the Hal Marshall Building at 700 North Tryon in uptown Charlotte. 60 gallon rain barrels (like the one in the rain barrel video) will be $85 and 80 gallon barrels are $100. Cash or check is due at the time of pickup. Don’t be caught without a barrel next time it rains!!!

Drought and Water Conservation on TV this weekend

Gray Newman, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District and Charter Member of Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) is scheduled to be on TV this weekend, Sunday, 10/28, on Charlotte Now with Mike Collins Channel 46 WJZY. Gray will be talking about the drought here in the Southeast and how we can all help to conserve water.

Rain Barrels

We’ve uploaded a new video on installing a rain barrel. With the drought we are experiencing in the Southeast, its important to save every drop of rain we are lucky to get. Special credit to Lauri Shubert of Lake City, Florida, for risking malaria and West Nile Virus in getting the mosquito photo used in the video. Great job, Lauri! Ah, what friends will do for each other………

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