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I've recently started gardening on my small balcony, finally.

It's lovely to see little green plants growing from tiny seeds and all, but sometimes I forget to water my plants because I just can't be bothered. Since there's no water source on my balcony, I have to bring water from either the kitchen or bathroom sink to the balcony, and more often than not, end up splashing water all over the living room floor and sofa.

The many other rain water collector instructables on the site are awesome and all... when you have a huge house, lawn, garden, and the works. Oh, and a bunch of tools and fancy gadgets. But, have you seen the size of the 55-gallon drums in real life? The only drums that are going to fit in my tiny NYC apartment are from Rock Band.

So, after being frustrated with the mass of plastic waste from take-out, I came up with a no-frills, primitive, and extremely easy solution to a natural water source on my balcony.

Read on!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
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The supplies are free, because you probably have it lying around at home already. The containers are from many take-out orders of noodles and soups. If you don't have these types of quart containers, you can just use any kind of container with lids, like large yogurt tubs, old Tupperware, or even snack tubs (yes, you cheese ball snackers!).

Clean thoroughly with soap, and wait for rain. (Sorry, there are no substitutes for rain.)

You'll need:

- plastic quart containers

- plastic quart container lids

- rain

billbillt1 year ago
great idea
hherzog3 years ago
You could attach chains to the metal with magnets and then have that chain lead into a bucket: any water that would normally drip from the corrugated roof would slip down the chain and into the bucket. You could even reduce the chance of mosquitoes by getting a bucket with a lid, drilling a hole in the lid, and securing the chain to the bottom of a small screen, tea strainer, or what have you placed in the hole so that the water would filter through into the bucket, but mosquitoes would be unable to lay their eggs in the collected water.
atyk (author)  hherzog3 years ago
Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely keep it in mind next time I go browsing in the hardware store.
SageCaleb3 years ago
Brilliant!
atyk (author)  SageCaleb3 years ago
Thanks! :)
luvit4 years ago
you;re robbing from the city. that water is needed to flush gutter drains.
Most balconies here in Germany either have a drain pipe or a rain chain. You might tap into any of these, provided your landlord agrees. You might want to speak to your neighbours downstairs, though, in case they do the same and you take the water they might see as "theirs". A rain chain or little gutter for the rainwater is a good idea if you want to use only one container, you can use it to direct the water from several sources (your first small picture) to one large container. The correct angle or bend is a matter of trial and error, I'm afraid. If it's too sharp, the water will drip from the chain right on to the ground, if it's just a slight angle, it will follow the lead to the container. So, you might want to install one diagonally from the farthest drip point (upper starting point) to the cointainer (lower ending point), catching all the other drips in between at various heights. If all drip points are in a straight line (upper storey balcony liner), this should be quite easy. It will look a bit strange running through your balcony view, though... Just a thought! Good instructable for city gardening!
atyk (author)  nutellamonster4 years ago
Thanks for the kind message!

Unfortunately, most NYC apt balconies don't have drain pipes or rain chains. And, like I said in my instructable, I'm mostly a novice gardener, so my primitive method is fine for the moment.

But I appreciate your awesome tips!! I'll look around to see if I can find some cords or chains to upcycle for the rain chain you suggested.

Thanks again!
good,green~what's the name with the plant in the photo?
atyk (author)  fang-diy hobbyist4 years ago
Which plant / photo ? This plant in the white/blue pot might or might not be dahlia flowers. You can read the little note embedded in the photo. (3rd pic in Step 1)
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artworker4 years ago
Nice and Simple! I would also have a Large covered drum to store all these water and reusing these containers. No automated thingy required to do that.