Posted on 19 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Rain Water by Eric Schmuttenmaer used under CC BY-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
This past week, I have been on vacation.
As I drove to my destination, I noticed a common thread that seemed to connect cornfield-to-cornfield and lawn-to-lawn.
This simple connection is one that affects man and beast, caused wars and starvation, destroys economics and livelihoods, and we cannot live without it.
One may be wondering what this is and the answer is as close as your kitchen sink. This all-powerful connection is water.
If you are a gardener you understand the importance of water and how it can change a fertile garden space into a desolate tract of land or, on the other hand, it can change a garden of weeds into a fertile piece of terra firma. In my area, this is so true since we have had no rain for two months.
But while a water shortage can have Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 07 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
As the news rolls across my computer screen, I pick up on what is becoming a yearly occurrence it seems and that is a wide spread drought.
Many third world countries continue to suffer from drought conditions and shortages of food but the United States.
My response to this is YES the United States. While we can spend time on arguing over what and who is responsible, I like to act in a proactive way.
Since gardening, in recent years, has experienced resurgence, I feel we, gardeners, should share in responsible water use.
To begin this process, we first need to know what choices we have in water conservation.
Gray water is water from that contains only soap no waste. Water from washing dishes, brushing your teeth and even taking a shower can be processed and used to water the garden. Some equipment is required and some cities have regulations on gray water use so check before using.
This is a great reuse of our water resources that we use everyday.
Many things that are Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 01 February 2009 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
While the water from rainstorms is mostly beneficial for your garden, it can also bring hazards elsewhere.
One such problem occurs when polluted storm water runs off into lakes and rivers.
It can also erode the shorelines.
Another problem that can occur is an abundance of mosquitoes. These pesky insects like to lay their eggs in standing water. The more stormwater that can collect into pools, the more possibilities for mosquitoes to be born, bringing annoying pain and possible diseases.
One remedy for both problems is a rain garden. One state that is encouraging its residents to create them in Minnesota. The Minnesota Star-Tribune explains how they work, “Experts say a well-designed rain garden can hold water for Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 30 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
I think that gardeners have a special responsibility to take care of the land we work on, and finding new ways to preserve resources is one way to care for our earth.
Using an old idea, a rain barrel, is one new way to preserve the local water supply and grow a healthier garden.
Many gardeners find that their plants thrive when watered with the collected rain water which is free of chlorine and unfluoridated.
There are several approaches to saving rain water. You can buy a large rain barrel at many retailers both online and in garden centers.
These have the advantage of being easy to use- simply take home and run a drainpipe directly into the reservoir. However, many rain barrels can be expensive, and some aren’t Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 05 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
One of the most common problems in a garden is over-watering.
Even though one may have the best intentions, plants are usually given much more water than they really need. Here are some tips on how to save water in your urban landscape.
1) One of my most important rules is pretty simple : In the summer, don’t water between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm.
Why? During those times, it is usually hot enough that the water will only vaporize, and most of the water won’t reach the plants If you have plants that are wilting, you can certainly give them a good long drink. Otherwise, Read the rest of this entry »