Our garden seems parched this year, the sun is blazing hot and seems to be drying the soil out quickly. Here are some ways you can save your water to reuse in your garden. My husband and I do this in the summer, and when we find the garden is dry. We use rain barrels, we also use the hose, but if we can save our water and re-use it, then it’s doing double duty and not just swirling down the drain. These are not yucky ways – my husband would love to set up a grey water system to empty the tub, but I’m not going that far.
- Fruit and vegetable rinse water. A small pot or tub in your sink under your colander when you are rinsing your vegetables to capture your water.
- Spaghetti or pasta water – pasta water won’t hurt your plants, just be sure to let it cool first.
- Canning water – same as spaghetti or pasta – let it cool first, even the water used to boil your jars or lids can be used.
- Hose water from rinsing your hands or feet after gardening before you go in the house. You know you do it so you won’t drag dirt through the house. Just set up a tub near by that you can put under your hands or feet while you rinse.
- Rain barrels – or even buckets next to the garden beds. Just be sure to empty them frequently so you don’t get mosquitoes. If it’s not dry weather, then keep the buckets upside down until you need it to keep the pests away.
- Keep a bowl or lid under your pot to catch the water when you are watering your houseplants and use that water for the plants outside, don’t waste it.
- Empty your waterbottles on your plants after a trip when you know that no one will drink anymore. You know there are leftover bottles sometimes and if you haven’t written names on them, no one will drink for fear it has someone else’s cooties.
- Reroute the water from the dehumiifier, one of the most constant water sources in the summer. Be vigilant about emptying the bucket so that you don’t have overflow.
Where do you find water to reuse in your garden?
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