Gardening is one human activity that uses up a lot of water. Water that’s easily released from a garden hose seem to be abundant but it poses some issues for the environment. Climate change and population growth is affecting the world’s water resources. Some not –so-difficult steps need to be taken to help stretch water supply. It will help preserve the environment and it can assist in meeting future needs. Here are some gardening suggestions for efficient use of water.
- Install a rain harvesting system. Rain water is free and it is the best kind for plants. Tap water contains a lot of ions that are not good for plants in excessive doses. Rain water has high nitrogen content which is very good for plants. A DIY rain water harvester is as easy as directing the water from the roof gutters to a collection container. Rainwater can be used for many other things aside from gardening. If treated, it can also be used in the household.
- Water from the fish tank will have nutrients that will be good for plants. Don’t just release it down the sink drain. Recycle it in the garden.
- Water used for washing vegetables, fruits and rice can be collected and used the garden.
- Create a drought tolerant landscape by using the least amount of slow-release fertilizers. Finished compost soil has high water holding capacity and it will add rich nutrients to the soil.
- Evaporation is inevitable in gardening but it can be minimized to help keep the soil moist. Spreading two-inch mulches will lock in moisture and keep the plants nourished.
- Weeds use up water and they steal the vital nutrients off the soil. Thorough weeding can minimize the loss of water that’s intended for the precious plants.
- Before you change the pool water, use some of the water for the plants. Some of the pool water can be transferred in container drums for future garden tending.
- Use a watering can instead of a garden hose. This significantly lessens the problem of over watering. Fetching water will get you tired and sweating but it will give every drop of water more value.
- Vertical gardening has proven to be the most efficient water saver. A number of plants can benefit from a small amount of water with the use of the drip irrigation or hydroponic system.