I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post
, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce.
Ever since we built the coop
, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but with a never-ending to-do list, and a reluctance to spend money unless absolutely necessary, it has taken us almost 3 years to finally get around to it.
The Montana clematis is doing a fine job of covering the coop and run in sweet-smelling pink blossoms.
It seems that this is another good example of how sometimes putting off a project pays off, because my mom and step-dad ended up replacing the gutters on their house last fall, and were able to save us two coop-sized lengths and assorted downspouts. Which means this project meets my two favourite criteria: recycled, and free.
We still have to cap off the front ends, but the gutters are already hard at work, filling the barrels with late spring rain.