Water wise gardening

The garden is one of my favourite places to aim for, and it really is a great place to make your mark on the planet. If you’re lucky enough to have a space to do this, why not try and do it right?

If you want to save water in the garden, I wrote an overview of how to go about that already, summed up in ten top tips, but it’s a topic many gardeners, and others, have written about.

Ten top tips for a water wise garden

Want more?

  • Great info from Rand Water in Johannesburg right here. It’s all about water wise garden design, water features, making compost, harvesting water from your pavement, creating an ecosystem in your garden…I love it!
  • This is a great guide on water wise gardening specific to San Francisco, but the bulk of the information is relevant to water savvy gardeners (or, potential ones) too. Have a look!
  • I like these comprehensive water saving tips for your garden from Queensland’s Department of Energy and Water Supply too.

Around the yard

  • Wash your car on the lawn. This way you can water the lawn too, and prevent the run-off from going to the stormwater system. Great tip, right? But recently I found the following in the New York Times tips for Smarter Living:
  • Go to the carwash, though it might seem like a waster-wasting extravagance. The reason? “Carwashes use less water and help prevent pollution: At home, oil, engine fluids, phosphates and chlorides from the soap can run into storm drains and onto rivers and lakes. Many carwashes recycle their water, and they’re supposed to send it to a wastewater treatment plant when the water can no longer be used. ” I reckon it depends on where you live, and how regulated the carwashes in your neighbourhood are. Give them a ring to find out first.

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