The Newest Feature of Our Rooftop Garden?

January 28, 2011

Although it will be a few months yet before we can get our hands back into our rooftop garden, we’ve been thinking about ways to improve our operations in 2011.

We have a water source on our rooftop that we use to water our garden, but we haven’t ventured into the world of rain barrels. 2011 might be the year, especially after discovering the beautifully designed Pure Raindrop and Raindrop Mini by Bas van der Veer:

Raindrop Rain Barrel by Bas van der Veer

The Pure Raindrop rain barrel has a watering can built in that fills up automatically and makes plant watering easy. When the watering can is empty, open the tap at the bottom of the Raindrop and refill it!

Here’s the Pure Raindrop exhibited at the Trend Garden in Appeltern, The Netherlands:

Raindrop rain barrel designed by Bas van der Veer

For urban and small space dwellers, van der Veer developed the Raindrop Mini, and it is just as beautiful as the original design:

Raindrop Mini Rain Barrel by Bas van der Veer

It was designed specifically for use on balconies and in small gardens, and it comes in a variety of colors (shown here with the designer):

Raindrop Mini colors and designer Bas van der Veer

Did you know rain barrels could be so sleek?! Neither did we.

Images: Bas van der Veer
via Inhabitat