One of the most important things that we can try to do is conserve resources. There are a number of different resources that we should be trying to conserve but, water is the most valuable and scarce resource. It’s important for sustaining both the life in the world, and in your garden. It’s a precious thing you definitely don’t want to waste. Need some ideas on how to keep from wasting water while gardening? Here are seven easy tips that will help better conserve water in your home garden.
Harvest rainwater. Collect rainwater using a drain pipe and store in large rain barrels. Some rain barrels even have waterspouts to make it easier. Use the saved rain whenever you water your garden. There are options out there in order to set up a catchment system. Pre-fabricated rain barrel systems are available as well as some simple DIY versions.
Setup a timer. Keep watering time to a minimum. Most plants do not require a large amount of watering time. By using a timer, you can keep track of the length and amount of time you water your garden.
Time is everything. Water your garden at the right time. Water your garden in the early morning when it is cool. This will prevent water evaporation and help your garden lose less water. Try to avoid watering too much after sundown, because doing so may encourage mildew or fungus.
Use drip irrigation. Water your plants and only your plants. Many times, people will turn on sprinklers to water their plants and end up watering areas that are not a part of the garden or do not even require watering. Watering your plants with a soaking hose or watering can, or using drip irrigation will help prevent you from watering spots that do not need to be watered.
Compost. Adding compost to your soil will condition it and make it healthy. Healthy soil will often use less water than unhealthy soil. By adding compost to your soil regularly will help to conserve water. Get a compost system set up so that you can make all of your own compost to feed up your beds.
Also read: How make compost using free local resources
Go perennial. Grow plants that require less water. Plants that are smaller require less water than bigger, larger plants. Native plants also require less water because they are well-adapted to their environment’s normal amount of rain fall. It also helps to plant plants that require equal amounts of water in the same area together.
Also read: Perennials to grow
Get rid of weeds. Removing the weeds from your garden will help conserve water. Weeds and weed-like plants not only absorb all the nutrients of the plants in your garden, but also the water. Keeping weeds out will ensure your plants are actually receiving the water and nutrients they need.
There are good and bad weeds. Wait!? what? There are good weeds. What I mean by that is that there are a ton of weeds that you can actually eat or use medicinally. What better way of using them than eating them.
Also read: Top 5 Weeds to Grow
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