I'd like to invent a way to use our washing machine water on the garden since a typical large wash cycle can use 40-45 gallons! And the pump in the washer would do all the work! Right now it just goes down the drain. Imagine 5 or 6 loads of laundry. That's betwen 200 and 300 gallons of water I could reuse on the trees and bushes each week. Rain is about as precious as gold right now during our worst Texas drought (unofficially) since records started back in 1889.
You can buy these water troughs at Farm & Ranch stores. I have 4 of them.
An old piece of gutter harvests rain and sends it to a 30 gallon trash can.
The Great Drought of 2011 is about 1,300 miles across and over 900 miles from top to bottom. The Miami area in Florida is also suffering. Here it is in April.
....and here it is in June.
Some parts of the area recieved a lot of rain this week, so maybe we'll get more this month. If we don't, I've started to see signs that native trees are starting to die.