5 Things for Water Sustainability and Home Gardening
Get Started by doing SOMETHING.....
|Strawberries with a perlite top dressing|
that we will dig and water Pearls
If you mix it into your garden soil it is works great and is fine with your worms. We use a greater concentration of perlite in our raised beds to increase yield (cuz it holds nutrients) so be aware there is a point where your additives can make the soil non worm friendly. In our flower gardens we dig it in. In fact dig it in everywhere in your gardens to improve soil and save water.
|You can cover these tanks with fence sections|
These tanks are about 24 inches thick
So... if you do the math you need 2500 gallons for the raised bed and 1000 gallons for the pots. While that may seem like a lot. If you have a good rain water collection system it is easy.
Out in the west or in Australia you see a lot of WaterWall systems... (or a bunch of bunch of rain tanks work too but take a lot of room).... A 1000 square foot roof can collect approximately 620 gallons of water in a 1 inch rainfall. Each WaterWall piece contains 650 gallons, is about 1 foot think and 6 feet tall and can be lined up to make a wall or tucked along the side of your garage. Make a fence of them...get creative.. Fence panels can attach right to them if you don't want to look at them....
4. Become a drip expert. Enough said.. Drip is EASY... the timers are cheap and they all hook right to water barrels.
5. Create a permanent Water retention plan for your property. Don't let rainwater roll away or go down sewers. Make driveways and patios permeable with pavers and gravel, have drip edges on the sides of your house that channel water to low spots where it can infiltrate and seep back into groundwater. The MOST inefficient and waste of water is letting it run into a storm drain... picking up oils and toxins along the way.
Check back for our NEXT article: What you can do in your home to save water...
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