Water is the most important key in a garden, with sunlight of course. In fact, water makes up eighty to ninety-five percent of vegetable gardens.
Even though water is so important to your garden, there are ways to be very water wise and conserve it, because the last thing we want to be doing is wasting something so essential.
These are great water tips that will help us be wise when it comes to using water in our gardens.
- Consider the specific soil that you have and add compost. Sandy soil drains water quickly, and clay-like soil traps water. Adding compost and other organic matter can help make the texture of the soil better. You should add about an inch of compost to your soil every year and the water will start to be utilized better.
- Make sure you are getting water to the root zone of a plant. Sprinklers kind of just throw water everywhere, and therefore they are only forty to fifty percent efficient in watering your plants. Soaker hoses are different, they make sure to get the water where it needs to be, making ninety percent of the water successful in getting to the plant’s roots.
- Mulch! Mulch is great for holding down weeds, and for keeping moisture in your garden. In fact, if you lay down six to eight inches of mulch it can cut down the amount of water you use by half because it reduces evaporation. Make sure you stay on the healthy side, and go for organic mulch. There are so many varieties so just find one that works best for you.
- Free water! Use it. Rain water is the best for your plants because it is all natural and clean. You can collect this water in rain barrels or cisterns. Also, I have seen people who will put a bucket in the shower while they wait for the water to heat up before they get in. You can recycle this water that is usually wasted on your garden. There are all kinds of ways!
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