Water is a precious natural resource to be consumed with great moderation in all circumstances.During the summer season, the various outdoor activities that we offer can double our water consumption. Much of this increase is due to the irrigation of lawns and gardens. Let us not forget that the water used for watering is usually drinking water (treated). It is therefore essential to improve our watering techniques .
Minimize water requirements
It is possible to reduce water requirements by doing the following:
- Group the plants according to their need for water. You will not be required to irrigate your entire garden to ensure that water-demanding plants receive enough water;
- Improve the water retention capacity of the soil by adding compost when planting;
- Use organic mulches to keep the soil fresh and moist;
- Prefer plantations in the ground rather than in containers;
- Keep plantations away from foundations and fences, as these areas receive little water.
Collect rain water
Recovering rainwater is a great way to reduce our drinking water consumption and the overflow of our storm sewers. The water set aside can be used to irrigate plants.
Here are tips for recovering rainwater in a barrel:
- Fit the water tank with a lid;
- Cover the water inlet with a mosquito net to block leaves and debris;
- Place a faucet at the base of the barrel that will allow for complete drainage of the container;
- Avoid dark colors as they promote warm water;
- Avoid barrels with transparent walls that promote the proliferation of algae;
- Install an overflow with an extension cord so that excess water flows away from the foundation.
- Install the water recuperator on a base in order to obtain better water pressure and more space to house the watering can under the faucet.
Shawn and his wife live remotely in a 880-square-foot cabin along with their three dogs. They implemented many of the things they learned from the internet and trial and error. They have been helped by so many contributors over the years and desire to now return the favor to other Canadian Homsteading readers. They heat with a woodstove and cut firewood by hand from their 11 acres. They went back to the land and are essentially do-it-yourself people.