Using a rain barrel can save you a significant amount of money in a season. For each inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water to use in your garden, or your lawn.
DIY rain barrel. Benefits: Use water wisely by watering your garden with free water collected from your roof. Rain water is great for plants. Connect a soaker hose to your barrel, a great way to water shallow rooted plants such as rhododendrons. This untreated water is great for your indoor plants, your garden and lawn, or washing your car.
Melons grow well in containers. Plant one to two plants in a big pot (at least 5 gallons) and let the vines sprawl over the edges, supporting the fruit if necessary. And don't let up on water and fertilizer.