Does the thought of carrying watering cans from your rain barrel to your vegetable garden stop you from doing it? What if you could automate your watering system? There is a way, given a little planning this time of year. First, if your garden isn't already established, try to locate it near your rain water collection site. Using a garden hose manifold attached to your rain barrel (most hardware stores sell them), you can run low pressure sprinkler hoses from the barrel down through the rows of your garden. The Rain Barrel always needs to be on a stand, and the higher the stand, the better that gravity helps the water run downhill. When it rains, your plants are watered! Don’t worry about drowning your plants – your soil can hold a lot more water than you think.