Measuring Rain

Measuring Rain

Every yard and garden should have a rain gauge. Whether it’s large or small, decorative or simply functional, it’s important to know how much water Mother Nature has delivered. For most established plants, an inch of rain every seven days is the ideal. When a Northeast garden gets that amount of rain you don’t need to water unless the plants are newly germinated or planted.

A rain gauge gives us valuable information because if recent rainfall has been an inch or more you can leave your irrigation off and the sprinklers in the shed for the next ten days in cool weather, and five to seven days in very hot weather. Be in the know, and gauge your rain!

These rain gauge holders are cleverly designed to look like water faucets. Their long stem can function as a plant support in the garden or a pot as well. Whimsical ornament, plant stake and rain information all in one.


  1. debbie harrington on April 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I need to know if I can get replacement glass gauges for the water faucet rain gauge. I have one and live it but the bulb broke and I cannot find one that fits the holder?

    • CLFornari on April 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Since the manufacturer of that item doesn’t supply tubes only, you should try one of the replacements available from several sources. Here’s one on Amazon that is 1″ in diameter – if you measure the holder and think that a one inch tube would fit, this would work. If not, there are several other replacement tubes listed underneath and hopefully one of those would fit: Rain Gauge Glass Replacement Tube

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