Hi and good day from a very hot and sunny Thailand.
We are experiencing some very hot weather of late ,and sort of brings me today's subject , water.
After the annual Songrakon festival which is a Buddhist renewal ceremony and celebrates a new year.
This celebration involves lots of water getting thrown about with gay abandon at each other and usually no one escapes from it unless you lock yourself away for a week .
While i see all this water been thrown about and people having fun me included ,there is a thought process going on . Where is this water coming from and at what cost to the people .
As those in western countries are charged quite serious dollars now for water as the utility's charges are quite high and depending on where you live can be more than a gallon of petrol.
Along with the restrictions they place in summer time ,so water usage is a major concern of most of us in the western world.
Which brings me to the garden ,how to save water ? What can we do at a home level to still have the gardens we love and enjoy without increasing water consumption.
One of the critical factors in water usage in the garden is planning.Plant selection is crucial for longevity of plants and at same time reducing our dependence on water.
If one lives in a dry environment such as the dryer states in USA and Australia or where water is a scarce item we need to select local plants that are acclimatised for it.
Cacti ,succulents ,local grasses, local trees which with a plan can offer very attractive solution. It doesn,t mean you have to have a lunar landscape or a desert theme although they can look real good.
Ask yourself do you really need a massive lawn area ,reducing that can substantially reduce water consumption ,whilst working as a contractor in Western Australia i was often employed to take out peoples lawns and replace with native plants and a inorganic or organic mulch just so to save money and reduce watering. As most councils in Australia enforce watering restrictions for quite long periods of time.
So after thinking about your plants ,research other ways of reducing water requirements.
Such as installing your own tanks ,using the grey water from household a very effective way of watering the garden although not the veggie area.These gray water systems are very effective for garden beds and can be done quite cheaply even by yourself if bylaws allow.
Building a new home well you have the ideal opportunity to be very water wise ,as with whats available for inclusion to reduce water is amazing. Build a big underground tank ,place house over it ,driveways where you can place water catchment zones as in storage bladders ,where water will percolate from your driveway. Can have taps and fittings water friendly as in saving water usage.
For those of us whom are stuck with established gardens we need plenty of mulch, dripper watering systems .water deeply with i have eluded to before in previous posts .But is an ideal way of reducing plants dependence on water.And we can all do very easily and best garden practice .
If you have that nice lawn watering in the early hours of the morning is the way to go about 3am .plant out a nice large tree for the lawn area that will help with shading the lawn and any other plantings nearby .
This selection from Amazon books can steer u in the right direction and inspire you as well give you handy tips and hints .
I see many home with no trees and yet a tree will in effect make its own water just by transpiration alone but sadly we don't have those nice big trees in our suburbs much. i suspect councils don,t like them for fear of litigation ,or damage to drains etc but like everything selection is the key.
Well there you have some of my thoughts on water and hopefully give you some ideas to implement as its such a big issue and in time as society's grow will be more so .
If you do happen to have some ground plant a tree or two and watch it grow year by year and leave its mark on this earth for the future.
P's let me know by way of comment of your problems in the garden and i certainly will answer .