Ways to Save Water in Your Garden

Find ways to save water and still keep those plants in your garden growing.

| June 26, 2013

  • Small Budget Gardener
    “The Small Budget Gardener” is the go-to handbook for getting the most from your gardening dollars.
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  • Ways to Save Water
    Just as we have become aware of recycling and reusing, so must we wake up to our wasteful patterns of water use and incorporate ways to save water.
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  • Common Palms
    If you live in a good palm-growing region you may find some rare old specimens around town.
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  • Small Budget Gardener
  • Ways to Save Water
  • Common Palms

Get down-to-earth, money-saving gardening advice from The Small Budget Gardener (Cool Springs Press, 2009). Author Maureen Gilmer shows every gardener — beginners and experts — how to propagate plants and use less of everything. In this excerpt taken from chapter five, “Never Thirsty: Cut Your Water Bill in Half,” learn several ways to save water in your garden and money in your wallet.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Small Budget Gardener.

Drought-tolerant landscaping used to be restricted to homes in the Southwestern states where water conservation has always been a serious issue. But today, with dwindling resources, regional droughts, and growing demand on water supplies, water conservation is everyone’s concern. Like all products, high demand and limited supply drive prices higher, and water is no exception. Now it has become something that actually has an impact on our finances, and that should be recognized by every budget-minded gardener.

Ways to Save Water

In order to save water and lower your bills, you should always be aware of how much water is being used or wasted in the garden. In fact, there’s an important relationship between how we water and how drought tolerant a plant will ultimately be. So for the sake of our children and the environment, paying attention to water conservation is one of the most vital green issues around; we must heighten our awareness of all water use, both indoors and out.

The key to getting started in water conservation is to understand the basic relationship of water to soil. In order to know the most efficient way of getting water to the roots of thirsty plants and nowhere else, we have to know how water behaves in and around soils. The following terms and their definitions are vital to understanding, which is built upon these concepts.

Percolation rate: Percolation rate is the speed at which water is absorbed by the soil. Water percolates instantly through porous sandy soil. But, it is very slow to percolate through dense clay soils. This dictates that we should apply water differently for each soil type.


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