we used a 58 gallon, food grade barrel. john drilled a hole in the side to add the water spigot that we will later attach a hose to. then he ran 20 feet of gutter along the house and used a 'flexi hose' that attaches straight to the barrel. the nice thing is that the gutters are easy to add to, if we ever decide we want more water. he built the stand allowing us to utilize our friend gravity. that enables us to have better water pressure.
one more thing- and this only makes it all the more exciting to me! the barrel and all the wood for the stand were FREE! we did have to purchase the elements for the spigot and all of the gutters.
i am so excited to see how much healthier our plants are going to be on a steady diet of rain water!
now- bring on the rain!!!