Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Time to think about WINTER and your RAIN BARREL

Its that time of year again to start to think about winterizing your Wichita rain barrel. We recommend emptying your rain barrels now and then leaving the spigot in the open position with a short piece of hose attached to keep any runoff away from the foundation of your home. As always we will be testing and stressing our duel rain barrel set up again this year. It is already filled and we will let it freeze to see what happens. So far it has not broken, I will post pictures as things develop. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

My gift to you!

I have a gift to give you, its not so much a thing you can own but an excellent resource to share. If you have never her of "TED" then here it is. Explore the conference, absorb the videos, they are free and the presenters are the "creme della creme" in the particular subjects. 
Here is the link for the pod cast
Here is the link to the site:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rainwater as Drinking Water in Guatemala with a rain saucer

Here is some great video of the rain saucers at work. Originally these were made for third world countries that do not have a good source of water. This video shows them hard at work!

Monday, October 10, 2011

RainSaucers have arrived here in Wichita but only at WICHITA RAIN BARRELS

After months of testing and doing some trial and error modifications the RainSaucer makes its debut. This is a great tool for any gardener that does not have access to a regualr water supply and needs to supplement what they have access to.  The placement of this RainSaucer was chosen because we had just put in a new vegetable guardian, the RainSaucer does not receive any water form our neighbors garage, it is a free standing water collection unit.
 This side picture shows that we have not attached the overflow hose yet, we did this to check its capacity, after it is placed we will go ahead and slip the overflow hose into it.
 Here is another side shot of the rainSaucer mounted to the Wichita Rain Barrel. One of the modifications we have done is attaching the cord from the RainSaucer to the Wichita Rain Barrel stand. This stabilizes the RainSaucer and keeps it in place during the wild winds we get here in Kansas.
Here you can see that we have also used the eye bolt to secure the rain barrel to the stand.

Click on the title and you will be redirected to their website. They have some great video on how the RainSaucer is being used around the world!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Officials decide to end Wichita Garden Show after 44 years

This is a very unfortunate turn of events. I owe a bit of my success in the rain barrel business to Alex, she opened a door for me that I never thought would happen. The year we decided to start making rain barrels she let me in to the Garden Show, gave me a prime location, and the push I needed. She has been there when we called and was a friend when I needed her to be one. Wichita is going to miss this event!

Below is what was in the Eagle.

A local institution that heralded spring — the Wichita Garden Show — is shutting down, it was announced Tuesday.
The show, which had taken place for 44 years, was going to have only one centerpiece "great garden" next year, garden show manager Alex Lingg said. Board member Cathy Brady of Brady Nursery said the board thought that people expected elaborate gardens and that if those gardens were not in the show it should just as well end.
"I never expected this to happen," Brady said. "But kind of the consensus was it had to stay huge and grandiose or nothing."
Smaller businesses that relied on the garden show for a large percentage of their businesses will be hurt, Lingg said.
"We're concerned because many, many vendors at the show get 30 to 80 percent of a whole year's work out of the garden show,'' she said. "That's going to be devastating to them."
Board president Gary Hackbart Jr. said he was not in favor of ending the show.
He said he and Lingg were in the midst of changing the concept of the show "to fit with the times," but the majority of board members "didn't want to deal with that."
Il Sik Hong, owner of Hong's Landscape & Nursery, was among five or six garden centers and landscaping companies that spent $50,000 to $140,000 each to stage the elaborate gardens in Expo Hall the first weekend of March each year. For various reasons, none of those businesses but Hong's was planning to do a great garden next year, Lingg said.
"How do you continue to ask these... people to keep putting this money out when times are tough?" Lingg asked. "I didn't mind it when I thought people were making a healthy living. Now it's a whole different story."
Hong said that the expense was worth it for his company. But Hong, a board member for 30 years, said he supported shutting down the show while it was at a high point rather than watch it decline over the years.
The show was a success this year, with 40,000 people attending over five days. But the trend over the past six years had been declining attendance, Lingg said.
"The people of Wichita did not buy into the show as a big event," retired extension agent Norman Warminski said. He moved the show from its original small meeting place in the old 4-H Hall to the Kansas Coliseum and eventually to Century II. He said a lot of the attendance came from out of town.
Warminski was the show's treasurer and blamed increasing costs and regulations associated with having the show at Century II for contributing to the show's demise.
As the costs have continued to rise, it would have been hard to keep ticket prices and booth fees in line with what the market could bear, Lingg said. Tickets were $11.50 this year.
The end of the show will bring many layers of loss.
Various garden clubs and destinations used the show as a way to introduce themselves and their plants of interest to the public.
As the years have gone by, "we tried to make it as educational as we could but we found out that people don't want to be educated, they want to be entertained," Warminski said. "That aspect is going to be gone.
"And the camaraderie of the (garden) industry will be gone."
Hong said that the garden show helped him stand out from the pack.
"It motivated me to be creative," he said. "Also to educate the public to be the better gardener.... It was one way to pay back to the community for all the loyal customers.
"It is a great loss. Not only the loss in the green industry alone, but millions of dollars were generated because of this."
Warminski said he expected some elements of the show, such as the Amateur Flower Show to live on, but in a different venue.
"I've run it for 28 years, and I know how much people love this show," Lingg said. "We're all kind of in shock."

Monday, April 4, 2011

Compost tea in a WICHITA RAIN BARREL?

We have been playing around with an idea for a few years now and I think we have gotten a bit closer. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think!

Monday, February 28, 2011

" ECO HERO" Awarded to Wichita Rain Barrels

I would like to thank our friends at RETRO ECO for making us an ECO HERO! We made a commitment when we started making rain barrels that we would make the best rain barrels we could, but also make them affordable to every gardener and conservationist but also to the environment. That is why we only use food grade barrels that have been salvaged and saved from the land fill! Our commitment today is the same as it was when we started, we will make the best rain barrels we can and continue to put OUR customers & OUR environment first!  

THANKS AGAIN TO RETRO ECO....keep up the good work!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Convention encourages green living -

We would like to thank all of our old and new customers for helping kick off the 2011 Energy and Sustainability Fair & Summit. We had a GREAT time and enjoyed talking with all of the fairgoers. Take a few minutes and see the video, did grandma Marion really say that? Yes she did, and she still is saying it today!

Convention encourages green living -