Are we willing to sacrifice our planet for convenience?
After reading Do You Water Your Garden, I started to wonder if there was anything else I could do to conserve water. I have a large flower and vegetable garden. Below are some recent pics of what’s currently blooming.
We purchased several rain barrels (well they weren’t rain barrels as they were from a food company who had these barrels that used to be filled with sauerkraut and pickles). We got them for $15 each and then made them into rain barrels. This helps with the watering as it catches a lot
of rain water from the gutters. I also have buckets that I use when I know it will be raining so that I can use up more of the rain water and empty out the rain barrels a bit.
My hubby also bought this tank that he uses for a small koi pond as an overflow for the rain barrels. The koi also add nutrients into the water!
It made me realize that I can take a bath instead of taking a shower and use that water to water all of my garden plants. So when my rain barrels run dry (which happens quite often) instead of using city water, why let the water go down the drain? Instead, use the bath water to water the plants. I know it’s a little bit of work, running in and out of the house (several times) with a bucket or watering can full of water. But you know what, it is physical exercise..why go to the gym?
Some people are concerned about use grey water because of the chemicals/salt in the shampoos and soaps. You can certainly use organic products (which is better for your anyway), but it seems that it is so diluted that it doesn’t become an issue at all. I don’t use it on my veggies, just flowers and other plants. Click here for more info on using gray water.
Both these methods help our family save money on water and help the planet a little bit.
Have you seen this picture that was making the rounds in response to the ALS challenge?
I know that this campaign raised tons of money and awareness for ALS, but it was quite a waste of perfect good water too. Check out all the articles that pertain to the wastefulness of water for the ALS challenge. So I loved when Matt Damon posted his challenge using toilet water. Did you know that our toilet water is cleaner than the drinking water most third world countries have access to?
Just something to think about. If each person/family takes one little step in helping our planet, it’s incredible what we can collectively do!!
Don’t you agree?
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