Interested in rainwater harvesting to water your garden more sustainably? Learn how during this free online event!
Rainwater harvesting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to water your garden, especially if you have a large one – or if your garden is not situated conveniently close to another source of water.
For example, our garden is more than 100 yards from the house, so stringing a hose all that way every time we need to water would be quite a chore. However, it’s only about 10 yards from the barn, so setting up a tank to collect water coming off the barn roof, then piping it to the garden to hook up to the drip irrigation lines made perfect sense.
Our 500-gallon tank fills up to the top virtually every single time it rains in the summer, providing a constant source of water for the garden even during dry spells. It also avoids the problem of chlorine and other additives that are routinely added to municipal and county water sources, which may pose problems for soil health after long-term use. Plus it saves us a ton of money on water bills!
Since we just use a gravity feed, there isn’t a lot of water pressure, but it works just fine for drip irrigation, which doesn’t need a lot of pressure to slowly drip out into the soil over the course of several hours anyway. My husband is building a platform this year to raise the tank up a bit and improve the flow, but so far it has worked very well for us.
If you are interested in harvesting rainwater for your garden, I recommend you check out this free webinar that UrbanFarm.org is hosting in a couple of weeks.
In this informational webinar, you will discover:
The true meaning and importance of water harvesting
Water harvesting ROI (return on investment)
The 5 components of a complete water harvesting system
Tried and true ways to catch and store rain and other water for your garden needs
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 6:00pm PDT/9:00pm EDT