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Water your lawn and garden with ease. We design, build, install, start up, repair, maintain and winterize or blowout underground sprinklers systems. It is starting to feel like SPRING! We are now taking bookings for spring startups.

We do not recommend booking before May 1st at this stage. We can be reached at 403-613-0552 between 8am and 5pm. We are suggesting to book for April 30th or after. A quality sprinkler system begins with the irrigation design. With Next Rain, you have a certified designer, design and layout your underground sprinkler systems.

Next-Rain Irrigation systems in Calgary is a leader in water smart irrigation systems,  servicing for both residential and commercial landscapes. Our installation focus is on the commercial and instituional site construction. The picture on the left shows the gutter garden I built, but there are lots of different styles and materials you can use. Some people make hanging gutter gardens that are not attached to a wall. I’ve seen others that run back and forth diagonally to create an easy watering system.

You can pick up basic materials at your local home improvement store very inexpensively. If you can glue, drill and put dirt in a container, this job is calling your name. Gutter gardens are vertical, so they take up virtually no floor space. This means you can live in a very urban area and grow as many plants as your wall space can accommodate. If you’re worried about gopher, raccoons, dogs or other plant predators attacking your plants, fear no more!

Gutter gardens high off the ground can keep your plants alive and happy. Once people see your awesome gutter gardens, they will be amazed, ask you where you got them, then find out you made them yourself and then think you’re super cool. If you are looking for a more industrial look or simple design, a gutter garden may be just your style. You can plant a bunch of different plants or herbs in a single gutter, and watering and drainage can be extremely easy if you hang your gutters at a slight angle. I’ve seen gutter gardens that are 12 feet long that extend alongside of a house. A nice benefit to growing plants in gutters is that you can place them high enough where pets and other critters can’t get to them. This is especially important if you are growing edibles.

All you need to do is go to your local home improvement store and get yourself some rain gutter with end caps and supports. Materials are very inexpensive, plastic being cheaper than steel. They are also both very durable so they will last you a long time. Tip: Something to keep in mind when planting in a warm, sunny location is the color of your gutter. Darker gutters will heat up the soil more and may dry out plants faster than a bright white gutter that will reflect light and heat. Since gutters can’t hold as much dirt as a typical pot, this can can have a bigger impact on your plants.

As I mentioned about, gutters don’t provide lots of space for soil, so it’s best to grow smaller-sized plants or ones that don’t need a lot of space for their roots. This can also help with the weight of the structure if you plan to hang it on a fence where you may be concerned with weighing it down too much. Herbs are awesome for this reason, but lettuces are also popular. Annuals could work quite well, especially if you are creating a gutter garden as a work of art in your backyard. They don’t grow big, and they need less dirt.

I used styrofoam in the base of the planter instead of pebbles. You may not need either if you are using plastic gutters. I used a narrower taller gutter instead of a wider gutter that would likely need more dirt to cover the plants’ roots. That is, of course, unless the entire gutter is mint. 4 drip line to the base and directed the extra water to a nearby planter holding another plant.


No wasted water and no messy dripping. Gorilla Glue worked for me, although you may need to re-glue it occasionally if the tube gets jostled frequently. My garden contains spearmint, orange mint, lemon balm, parsley, cilantro and basil. Here is a list of other herbs that you can usually find at your local nursery or garden center. You can also start your garden from seeds.

FROM THE BREEDER’S HAND DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOOR. To jump to the goldfish show room, click on the variety links below. Trying to find healthy and high quality goldfish in the local pet stores is frustrating. But, you can’t really blame the pet stores.

Most of what they sell is from Asia and have been passed through several intermediaries. By the time you get them home, they have been stressed for so long that their immune system is weak and they are on the verge of a disease outbreak. We are a goldfish breeder selling directly to you. All of our fish were born and raised on our farm, as were their parents, grandparents and great grand etcetera. We do not import from Asia or sell anything we did not raise ourself. We will never be a large goldfish wholesale supplier.

There is a limit to what one person can do in a day. There are hundreds of goldfish varieties and we cannot raise them all, but our selection is steadily increasing. We offer some varieties which you will never see in a pet store or anywhere else in the western world. Windward Oahu is a great place to breed goldfish. They can be spawned through much of the year here and the climate for growing them is just right – not too hot and not too cold.

Some goldfish enthusiasts like to buy large mature fish. In so doing they remove any uncertainty about “potential” and they arrive at their peak of beauty. Others prefer to start with young fish and groom it themselves. We try to serve both market segments but probably sell a dozen young fish for every large mature fish. A word about pricing is in order here.

Like art, no two goldfish are alike. The price reflects a variety of factors including how difficult the variety is to breed and grow, the fish’s age, our assessment of future potential and, perhaps most importantly, how much we like it. If your personal preference is somewhat different from our own, then you can get a great deal here. A selection of fish which are being offered for sale are listed with photos. You will find several shots of the actual individual fish you would be buying. The fish in the photos is the fish you receive.

Sorry, photography is not our strong suit but we are trying to improve. If the photo is poor, it is not because we are trying to cover up a defect or anything – it’s just a poor photo. We have a much larger inventory than what is listed here at any one time, but it is not practical to keep updated photos for every fish. If you do not see what you are looking for, please ask. While it is a constant struggle to keep the photos updated, we should have every fish listed here unless it was sold over the past few days. We recognize this is sort of like false advertising or something and try to compensate in some way if the shipping cost has to be adjusted. There is no shopping cart here.

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We check e-mail often during the day and will reply as soon as possible. A fish is considered sold when it is paid for. Until it is paid for, a fish is up for grabs by anyone. We have several sizes of shipping boxes. There are no hidden handling fees. We do not make money on packaging and shipping and, depending on the order, it is not unusual for us to loose a few dollars.

The number of fish of a particular size and variety which can be packed in each of the box sizes is noted under the column labeled “shipping”. Again, there are no hidden fees. For a variety of reasons, we can no longer accommodate local customers who want to select fish from the ponds and holding tanks. We cannot afford the insurance rider for this sort of activity and there is a real danger that someone will fall into a pond and injure themselves. It was never a good way to select goldfish anyway and you can study the details better in the photos and video. We try to make sure every customer is satisfied and stand behind our goldfish and the process if getting it to you.

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If your order is damaged or not as listed in the photos and videos then please contact us immediately. We never disclose any of your personal information to anyone for any reason period. We do not advertise or send solicitations. No one will ever know all there is to know about goldfish. That is a large part of what makes them so interesting and so much fun. In addition, there is no single best path or technique. What works well for one person may not work for another.

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I do not profess to be the best goldfish expert around. However, I am happy to share what I know and think about selecting, keeping and breeding goldfish. I almost always respond within eight hours. Collecting rain from your roof in rain barrels is a great way to use a free resource to irrigate the garden. However, rain barrels can fill up within minutes during a rain event. Collecting rain from your roof in rain barrels is a great way to use a free resource to irrigate the garden. Directing rain barrel overflow into a rain garden is one way to keep more water on your property for irrigation or to create more biodiversity.

Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps keep costs down so that I can continue providing high quality content to you for free. I appreciate your purchase through the links! Water is powerful: One downspout can fill a 55-gallon rain barrel in less than five minutes! My 1,200-square-foot roof, for example, can collect an average of 30,525 gallons of rain per year. It’s easy to see that a 55-gallon rain barrel doesn’t catch a lot of water in comparison.

Directing the rain barrel overflow into the landscape, however, is one way to make rain barrels more eco-friendly and useful. It is important to think about what to do with the excess water, because an overflowing rain barrel can flood a basement, damage a foundation, or worse, do the same to an unsuspecting neighbor downhill. Directing Rain Barrel Overflow into the Landscape One of the supposed benefits of rain barrels is their ability to keep water out of the sewer system during a rain event. That’s because stormwater runoff causes soil erosion, can carry pollution, and can overwhelm municipal stormwater systems, sometimes causing raw sewage to enter local waterways. We can now see that rain barrels on their own don’t keep much water out of the sewer system, but catching water in the landscape will reduce the amount of water that is sent to the municipal stormwater system. That is why in our front yard garden we decided to use a swale to capture rainwater from the roof in the landscape.

In our backyard, we directed rain barrel overflow into a rain garden. A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground, usually bowl- or kidney-shaped, with berms on the downhill sides, designed to capture rainwater. The depression is planted with deep-rooted, drought-tolerant native perennials. In my city, rain barrel overflow must legally redirect back to the sewer system, while in my county it is legal to send overflow to a rain garden. Locate the Proper Site for a Rain Garden The ground must slope away from buildings.

Square feet of rooftop x . Volume in cubic feet your garden needs to hold in a 1. Our backyard rain garden, for example, which captures rain from 600-square-feet of roof, should be at least 55 feet squared. Form a berm on the downslope sides of the garden with the dug-up soil. Add 4-inch depth of compost soil to the inside of the rain garden bowl. Fill the bowl with water and be sure water will infiltrate within 48 hours. This is essential, because a rain garden that doesn’t drain within 48 hours can become a mosquito pond and a human health risk.

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Plant deep rooted native plants both in the bowl and on the berm. For a twist, plant the rain garden with edibles. Our Backyard Rain Barrel-to-Rain Garden System, 1. 0 In 2008, we installed a rain barrel-to-rain garden system in our backyard.

This narrow strip, just 4-feet wide between the fence and the house, was not serving any purpose. Sun-baked clay soil hosted a number of random and useless plantings from the previous owners. What struck our attention, though, was how this long, narrow area already had a somewhat elongated bowl shape. We decided this unused sliver in our tiny backyard was perfect for a rain garden. We hired a local rain barrel guy to source the used, food-grade barrels and the appropriate plants, and to do the installation.

Back then, we weren’t confident that we would do it right, and help from a professional on a rain garden that was so close to our house seemed like the smart thing to do. We used flat rocks to carry the water from the rain barrels to the rain garden in order to prevent erosion. It is beautiful when the waterfall is flowing with water during a heavy rain and watering the lower plantings that surround the patio. Burying the overflow pipes prevented the openings from attracting mosquitoes. By 2013, the system was still working beautifully, but the red twig dogwood had grown so large that it completely cut off the pathway that led from the side yard to the backyard. So we decided to give the rain garden a makeover with two goals:  Maintain its water-absorbing capacity and make it a walkable through-way. Would you like to learn more about smart water management to reduce maintenance and increase yield?

Our Rain Barrel-to-Rain Garden System, 2. 0 Our vision was to make a long, narrow walkable creek bed that would absorb the overflow and direct excess water to gardens on the lower patio level. We removed the red-twig dogwood shrub and prepared to lay a more intentional stone walkway. Lesson learned: Though the end piece on the overflow pipe works fine, we would use a bigger end piece if we were to do it all over again. We were excited by these new rain barrels because they each hold 75 gallons, so for the same footprint as our old 55-gallon barrels, we could hold 40 more gallons. It was like a puzzle to get them to fit together nicely!

In addition to a 3-foot wide walkable creekbed, we installed a one-foot wide, 14-foot long trellis and garden bed along the fence line on the left. The  drought-tolerant plantings to the right of the walkway stayed the same, as did the waterfall overflow to the lower level around the patio. The diverter we purchased can redirect the overflow back to the sewer or to anywhere else you want. This was an important upgrade to our system, because our rain barrels can’t collect water in the winter. That’s because the plastic may crack when the water freezes.

Additionally, our rain garden is near our basement, so if the ground is frozen and can’t absorb water, it may pose a flooding risk. Because of these winter complications, we wanted the option to redirect the overflow back into the sewer during the winter. So we don’t use the diverter for individual rains, rather, we use it seasonally. We also installed a downspout filter, which sheds debris and prevents the rain barrel outlets from clogging. We found our diverter and downspout filter here. During the warm months, our rain barrel overflow is directed into the creek bed-rain garden.

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With this new design, we retained the same amount of rainwater in the landscape as the original design, but we gained 14-linear feet of vertical growing space on the fence, and we gained walkable access between the side yard and the backyard. Note: Even though we have all openings into and out of the rain barrels covered with mosquito screens, we still regularly add mosquito dunks to our rain barrels just to be sure we aren’t breeding them. Mosquito Dunks are an organic, non-toxic solution. We wouldn’t want to be bad neighbors! A rain garden is a great way to make your rain barrels more useful and eco-friendly. Irrigate your gardens more efficiently while recharging groundwater and improving biodiversity. I’m curious to know: Do you have a rain garden?

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Where does your rain barrel overflow go? Directing rain barrel overflow into a rain garden is one way to keep more water on your property for irrigation or to create more biodiversity. I love all the pictures and the great information! You’ve given me a lot of good ideas for when we get ready to do rain barrels as well as how to better utilize the downspouts to also feed into a rain garden! So glad to provide useful information! Of course, everyone’s solution will be different based on the land and space. I hope all my Utah peeps will read this as I’m sharing on social media.

Regulation of rain barrels is so frustrating, especially with all of the water shortages out there! However, I suppose regulating rain barrels was a way to protect our neighbors from us flooding their basements because, if it did flood due to an improper set-up, whose fault would it be? Without regulation, the blame might fall to the local sewer management. It makes me think that the local authorities don’t care much if we have rain barrels and rain gardens, they’re just covering their own butts. Consider cutting a hole in the bottom of a 5 GALLON WATER BOTTLE large enough for the downspout to fit easily. The neck of the bottle fits perfectly into the opening on the top of the barrels.

I cut the downspout hole large enough to insert a debris screen held down with a rock. Forgive me if this has been mentioned previously. I just arrived and this caught my eye first. I’m considering putting in a rain garden so appreciate all of the great ideas and photos. This is easily the BEST and most thorough article about rain barrel systems that I’ve seen. Thank you so much for walking us through the details of why, with exceptional process photos. I’m currently helping my dad with a rain barrel that overflows and he is a visual person, so I’ve been searching for the right way to show him what we need to do to fix the drainage issue at bids lake house.

I’m so glad this is useful for you! Good luck in routing your rain barrel overflow! It’s the hardest part, but once you’ve got it, you’ll be set up well. Sign me up for the weekly newsletter! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Join me as I share my permaculture gardening adventures in the suburbs. Subscribe To My Weekly Newsletter Get my FREE 19-page Guide to Organic Soil Amendments when you subscribe! Surrounded by the Laurentian mountains and woods, I’m living a simple life of gratitude with my soul mate and fur family. This blog is a journal of my gardening and homesteading efforts, my hobbies, my life and my thoughts. How is everything in your neck of the woods? I’ve been trying to get back into my painting and drawing lately, I did this watercolour on the porch yesterday in the sweltering heat.

I love having my easel on the porch with me! Here’s a quick 1 minute video I took this morning with the dogs in the woods. Just an update on what’s happening here with me. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments the last few posts!

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The theme for today’s Scribble Picnic is “Crunchy”now what could be crunchier than a nice crisp fresh carrot? Bugs thinks it’s the bee’s knees! Follow the link for more crunchy scribbles! Clark Gable eating a carrot in the movie “It Happened One Night” inspired them to give Bugs Bunny that carrot crunching characteristic.

And this is my watercolour version of “Crunchy” – it’s the forest floor. Have you ever walked in a pine forest on a warm and dry day? All you can hear is “crunch crunch crunch” from the pine needles underfoot. You can’t sneak up on anyone in a pine forest!

The dogs hear even a chipmunk running around from tree to tree. Speaking of crunchy, this week I made my Cinnamon Crunch Knots. They taste just like donuts, we love them! The crunchiest part of these delicious treats is the cinnamon sugar mix that melts off the pastry during the baking and hardens into a sweet, burnt and crunchy treat! Another crunchy treat is a BLT on homemade toasted bread with fries! We’ve been having dinner on the screened-in veranda and it’s so nice and relaxing!

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I wanted to show you an update of the container garden – mainly the potatoes. We had about 3 days of rain, then 3 days of lots of sunshine and everything has “jungled-up”! The two containers in front have carrots starting to come up too. This container garden has been a lot of fun this year! Besides lots of porch time, mothering the container garden and keeping an eye on our robin’s nest in the lilac treelife is very good here in the mountains.

I gave her doses of Benadryl for 24 hours and she’s just fine now thankfully. She was running around in a wood pile and started limping a few days ago. I had to stop the dog walks each morning, just to let her heal. She seemed better today too so I took a chance and walked the dogs in the woods, I can happily say she’s fine too. July is just around the corner!

Time is flying way too fast! The theme for the Scribble Picnic this week is “Plump”! Any Looney Tunes fan will remember Porky the Pig’s constant giggling in the classic Robin Hood Daffy as he plays Friar Tuck. Here is a two minute slice of that funny cartoon. Speaking of plump, I’ve been making lots of desserts lately! Besides lots of desserts, we’ve been enjoying the abundance of lettuce that is thriving in the garden!