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Useful Websites! Master Gardener Clinics (held throughout the county throughout most of the year http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ but many close down during the summer months and around Christmas – please call to confirm.) This site has information on the Brevard County Extension office. All Location Day Time program areas have information posted along Central Brev. Sunday 1-3 pm University of Florida/ with a program calendar, bulletins and other Libr (633-1792) general information. Brevard County Extension Merritt Isl. Tues. 1-3 pm http://search.ufl.edu/web?site=edis Libr. (455-1369) .ifas.ufl.edu/ North Brev. Tues. 10 – Noon This site has all of the bulletins written Libr. (264-5026) by specialists from the University of Florida. There is a search that your plant or topic can Palm Bay Ext. Tues. 9 am-Noon be typed in and then just click on the search (952-4536) Thurs. 1-3 pm button. Pt. St. John Sat. 10:30-12:30 http://hort.ufl.edu/fyn/handbook.pdf Libr. (633-1867) This site has the Florida Yards and Satellite Bch Wed. 10 am-Noon Neighborhood Handbook that is a guide to Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Libr. (779-4004) Front. Str. Thurs. 10 am-Noon C.C. (674-5722) Patrick AFB Friday 10 am-Noon Painting your rain barrel BX lobby (799-1300 ext. 124) 1) Wash the outside of the barrel. 2) Outline or draw your design. Eau Gallie Friday 2-4 pm Libr. (255-4304) How to Construct 3) Use acrylic paint but first spray a primer or use sandpaper on the areas Other Useful Services! a Rain Barrel before painting. 4) After you have painted your design and Unknown Plant! Bring stems with leaves, let it thoroughly dry then apply a UB and flowers and fruit too if possible and we clear coat for protection. will send it to the Univ. of FL Herbarium. Unknown Bug! Bring a sample to the Two Office Locations: Cocoa office and if we don’t know what it 3695 Lake Drive 1455 Treeland Blvd. SE is we will send it to the Ent. ID Lab. Cocoa, FL 32926 Palm Bay, FL 32909 An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (321) 633-1702 (321) 952-4536 Institution. Supplies needed! inches up from the bottom to trap any * Food grade 55 gallon plastic drum How to construct a rain barrel debris that may come down from the * ¾ inch hose spigot 1) Your first decision is, are you going roof. Using the 15/16 inch bit, drill * 15/16 inch drill bit to hook your rain barrel up to a down spout the hole. * Drill or not? (You may have areas where all of 8) This part can be tricky but get the * Jigsaw (for cutting the hole for the the rain water flows off your roof and you spigot started straight and screw it downspout or cutting the entire top could place a barrel to catch it or you may half way into the barrel. When it is off if there is no gutter system) just place it under the eave or out in the half way in the coat it all the way * PVC Cement open to collect rainwater.) If you don’t around with PVC cement and then * Flexible downspout extender (if you have a have a gutter system then skip to step #6. screw it in the rest of the way. Make gutter system) 2) If you have a gutter system then you sure that the spigot is pointing * Caulk need to decide where you will put the downwards when you are done! * ½ inch PVC compression coupling for downspout extender through the top of 9) Decide where you want the overflow overflow (or larger for overflow your barrel. connector to go and drill the hole for connection) * optional 3) Take the downspout extender (make that. * 1 3/8 inch drill bit (or larger for overflow sure it is the right size for your 10) As with the spigot, screw the connection) * optional gutters – they vary in size) and trace overflow connector halfway in, brush * Screen to cover overflow connector, any around it on the top of the barrel. it with PVC cement all of the way other holes or for the top of the 4) Drill a hole in each corner of the around it and then finish screwing it barrel if you don’t have a gutter rectangle you just drew in. Place a small piece of screening * Scissors to cut the screening 5) Get a jigsaw and starting in one of over the opening and screw the top * Paint (optional – more details at the end of the holes, start cutting out the on. this brochure) downspout extender hole. After 11) Now it is time to prepare the site for you hook the downspout extender the rain barrel. Make sure that it is into the lid, caulk around the level and that you have the rain barrel extender to keep insects out. placed on a solid base like cinder Where can you buy 55 gallon food blocks. The higher you raise the rain 6) If you aren’t going to hook your grade plastic barrels! rain barrel up to a gutter then, drill a barrel off of the ground the better • Shonk Drum Service hole in the top of the barrel, near flow of water you will get and the 3168 Skyway Circle, Suite #1 the edge, and then using a jigsaw easier it will be to get a watering can Melbourne, FL 32934 cut around the top to remove it. Cut underneath the spigot. (321) 288-4763 a piece of screening 3’X3’ and $25 per barrel (barrels are clean) using a bungee to secure the Don’t forget to register your rain barrel screening over the top. and receive a free Harvesting Water T- 7) Decide where you want the spigot shirt. Just call Elizabeth Melvin at 633-2016 to go. Remember to keep it a few for information!
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