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Some Approaches to Water Conservation in the Garden

Articles: Some Approaches to Water Conservation in the Garden

Water conscious gardening is more than just re-using domestic wash-water. The author, an enthusiastic gardener, suggests many ways of looking at water economy.
In a geography class nearly thirty years ago, one of the facts stressed by the professor was that water would be one of the first natural resources to be depleted if action were not taken to insure a conservative use of it. Though difficult to believe at that time, much of California and parts of some of the other western states are in just such a predicament. As a result of critical water shortages, reductions in water use of up to 25% are suggested for residences in many of the coastal areas. Although this sounds reasonable, the actual amount in some areas is based on the number of members in a family and not on a percentage of water used in the past. Thus those who have large gardens or who garden intensively find they have reductions far more than 25%. At our house, we will have to reduce consumption about 80%. This means that we, along with many others will have to conserve water in every way possible in order to keep gardens at a minimum maintenance level. A number of approaches to water conservation are available. Ma...

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