I'm a happy gardener today because I got a rain-barrel installed and two compost-barrels delivered.
The rain-barrel has an automatic overflow, a faucet at the bottom, and a screen up top. The compost barrels are great because you just bury the bottom of them in dirt and worms come in; also, they have lids with screw-down seals, so there's no trouble with raccoons, possums, or rodents.
So now I can water the garden using the rain-barrel--after it rains. Today, of course, it is sunny.
Dan Borba, the fellow I got the materials from, has been in the harvesting-of-rain business since 1999 (in Tacoma). Here's a link: