Water is required for all living things to survive. However, currently, it is considered a scarce resource and, therefore, we should not waste it and try to save a few liters when we use it in our housework, especially in watering our plants.
Some of the vegetables that we have planted in our garden do not need excessive water to flourish and flourish. Therefore, in this article, we teach you through a series of tips on saving water when watering plants. Take note and start saving resources by changing a few simple daily gestures.
Do Not Abuse Watering
This does not mean that you have to excessively reduce your water consumption since you could dry out your plants. If not, rather, it is about trying to know the care that each plant in your garden requires. Each vegetable needs a certain liter of water, so if we adapt to their needs, there will be a significant difference in our consumption of this resource.
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To do this planning, we recommend that you write down in a diary the number of times you water each plant and on which day the watering took place. You can also organize your garden more efficiently by dividing it into several sections: the vegetables that need more water can go on one side and those that need less water on the other side.
Use the Same Water for Different Tasks
Reusing the same water for different things is a very effective way to start saving this resource. If in your home you have a few pots, you can reuse this liquid from these places:
- When you shower and the cold water initially comes out until the temperature is regulated, store it in a bucket.
- If you eat many boiled vegetables, you can also use that same water for your plants once it has cooled down.
- After a first rinse that removes the shampoo, you bathe your pet, finish his bath with a rinse to make sure you finish the bath well by placing a plug. Then, use the water from this last rinse accumulated in the bathtub to water the vegetables.
- If you use air conditioning, the water that comes out of the machine can be collected by placing an empty carafe or a basin at the end of the tube. Thus, water can be used perfectly for watering or other things, such as scrubbing the floor.
Save the Water from the Rains
Storing the water that falls from the rains is also a good option, so that our water bill drops considerably. If you don't have many plants, you can choose to put a few buckets outside or even take out the pots you have inside each raining.
On the contrary, if you have a lush garden, you can buy a few rain barrels to store liters and liters of this scarce resource. Place them next to the downspouts that carry the water.
Choose the Most Suitable Hours for Efficient Irrigation
Choosing the right time to carry out this task can also help us better manage a few water liters. The best time to water the plantings is, without a doubt, very early in the morning, since in that time interval the evaporation of water is minimal and, therefore, the vegetables in your garden will make better use of this resource.
It is better to choose the morning for watering because your plants need more nutrients during those hours since that is when they start to start their metabolism.
Use of Irrigation Systems
Another efficient way to reserve resources is the use of irrigation systems. Among the different systems that exist, without a doubt, the most effective to save is the drip irrigation system, since it allows you to adjust the liters of water you will use for each area of your garden and at what specific time the irrigation will begin.
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If your economy does not allow you to use this system, the other more economical way to water is the traditional watering can, since you will be using the water you really need for each plant.
Tips on How to Save Water for Watering Plants
You have already seen that you can save a few liters of this valuable resource by changing some of your daily routines. However, we give you some final tips on how to save water to water your plants.
- Try to plant vegetables that are native to your garden since it will be more efficient to water these than others from another place and, therefore, they may need resources that your area does not have.
- Protect your plants from weather conditions such as strong winds, either with fences, hedges, and heather.
- You can also put mulch on vegetables' bases to reduce evaporation, such as straw, leaves, aggregates, and gravel.
- Regularly remove weeds, as they will drain the rest of your plants.
- Use upholstered floors instead of grass to cover the spaces in the field. The lawn needs too much water, while the carpets absolutely nothing.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff