Backyard Gardening class to teach rainwater harvesting June 25 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners will present the Backyard Gardening series program  ”Catch the Rain and Use it Later” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 25.

The program will be held in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension office in Conroy Square, 3355 Cherry Ridge Dr. in San Antonio.

The rainwater capture program June 25 in San Antonio will address how to build a basic home rainwater catchment system. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The program June 25 in San Antonio will also show how to build a basic home rainwater catchment system. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“This program is a great opportunity for people to come and learn how to set up and use a basic home rainwater-catchment system,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture, Bexar County.

Rodriguez, along with Bexar County Master Gardener Lou Kellogg and his team, will address the essentials of rainwater harvesting and rainwater-catchment systems, including a demonstration on how to build a basic home system.

“Rainwater collection is a time-tested method of gathering water to use on your home lawn and garden areas,” Rodriguez said. “With water being such a valuable and limited resource, and with the possibility of more drought conditions in Texas and elsewhere, having an inexpensive home rainwater catchment system makes both good environmental and financial sense.”

Rodriguez said a plastic rain barrel and the needed fittings for a basic home rainwater catchment system can be all obtained locally for less than $100.

A ready-to-use rain barrel will be given to one program participant as a door prize, he added.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Angel Torres at 210-467-6575. A registration fee of $10 is payable at the door.

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