In many areas, water tables have fallen below the critical level. This could happen when rainwater doesn’t replace the water table. Unfortunately, not all places are blessed with enough rainwater to replace these tables. For this reason, conservation is a necessary step or we will eventually become the hapless victims of water shortage. It takes a lot of fresh water from the mountain and the sky to replenish the underground water. In this case, we can contribute by using less water in our garden. There are a number of methods we can choose.
When we choose a garden spot, we should locate areas with proper soil. Our garden is only as good as its soil. We should look for references on local soil quality and look for ways to determine soil quality by using simple steps.
One effective way is to purchase affordable, organic compost in bulk. This is less expensive and easier than buying fertilizers that are both expensive and potentially polluting. Local organic garden centers may offer compost that can be directly loaded onto our truck. If soil on our garden requires additional nourishment, we could add some amount of compost. Plants that thrive on good soil tend to require less water.
As comparison, soil on specific areas can be dryer and require us to use more water. When we choose row planting method, we should make sure that the berms and the aisles can hold enough water. We shouldn’t waste water. Eventually, we may need to rebuild these berms and remove unwanted wild plants. Another step to save water is to put a sheet of plastic under the berms, but this method is usable only if our plants are small.
In general, we should determine the amount of water that we actually need. Each plant has different water requirements. Another way is to feel the soil and see whether the soil requires more water. It may be necessary to water more if the weather is hotter. When we do water the soil, it is important to water deeper. Instead of sprinkling the soil, we should soak it completely.
Some water on the top soil will evaporate, so it is nearly useless to lightly water our plants. It is a good idea to adopt the drip irrigation system. This is an efficient way to save water. Sprinklers are not efficient if the wind blows strongly. Check local garden centers for reliable drip irrigation systems.
It is also a good idea to divert used “gray” water for our garden or lawn. Water from our laundry, dishwasher and baths can be used for plants and lawns. This can be achieved if our plumbing system is designed from the start to divert gray water to specific areas of the house. It should be noted that we need to use organic soaps and laundry detergents to avoid polluting soil with contaminants.
With this modifications, it is possible to save thousands gallons of water each week. This method may backfire if we use a lot of chemicals and bleach, so make sure we have an organic lifestyle at home.
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