Save Water, Fix Leaks!

June 1, 2016

Water is one of our most valuable resources, and the success of your garden relies on it. How can you make the most of your water usage?

Water: The Most Precious Resource of Our Century

As we face harsher droughts and higher temperatures, water is becoming a very precious resource. Being conscientious about water consumption has never been so relevant to our daily lives, especially to those who live in California. If you live in a house with a yard that needs to be watered in any way, we’ve got a few tips for you to keep your water consumption at a minimum, while benefiting the most from every watering.

Veggie Gardens For the Win!

Veggie Garden Beds vs. Lawns

If you have a veggie garden instead of a kept lawn, you’re already one step ahead in saving water – it typically takes far less water to maintain a full veggie garden than to maintain an equivalent space as a lawn (assuming you have the proper irrigation system setup for your garden).

Water Leaks: What a Waste!

Water - California Drought

The biggest (yet at times most subtle) water wastefulness comes from leaks in your water system. In thecase of an edible garden, a leak in the irrigation could represent a problem for successful food growth. Just as too little water causes certain plants to become frail and die, so does excessive watering.

We are always impressed to discover how much a seemingly small leak can have such high impact in water waste. For instance: We’ve recently found a sudden very small leak in a garden’s hose bib for a client who reached out to us. It was dripping slowly, and didn’t look like much of an issue at first sight. Inspired by our awareness of the current drought, we sought to measure the leak, in order to inform our clients what it meant to have a dripping hose. The results shocked us all: Within the hour, that little drip had filled a full cup!

This means that, taken into broader terms, that hose was contributing to our drought problem by wasting ½ gallon of water per day (that’s 182.5 gallons per year!).

Proper Irrigation Setups: Water’s Best Friends

drip irrigation timer

It is important to always be aware of how your garden is doing – not only with regards to the plant and soil quality, but to the structure that allows them to thrive. Due to our focus on edible gardening, we receive a lot of requests to upgrade and fix poor third party setups, and we can guarantee you: investing in a good quality hose and irrigation setup is everything. It can mean a successful and efficient garden experience, or a waste of your time, money, and crops.

Remember: When it comes to your garden, be aware, always care, and reach out to us if you have any questions at StartOrganic.com. Happy gardening!