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How To Use Rain Barrels To Make Your Garden Survive In Droughts

Dec 6, 2007
Gardeners who have sufficient water supply are lucky to grow plants in their area. There are various areas that belong to the drought zones where gardening and watering laws are so constrictive to the growth of the plants. Some growers have to give up their passion in gardening because the water supply to be used in watering is limited, restricted in some areas, in fact, to a number of gallon. However, some are able to make a strategy to cope with this.

Some of the ways is through drip irrigation ( using pipe designed to supply specific amount of water); the categorizing of plants with equal level of watering needs, and using mulch or compost to help prevent water from draining.

However, during drought, or even dry spell, one of effective way to make your garden in life is, of course, to take a preventive measure. As we all know, drought can be forecasted in advance. So, before drought may take place, when there is rain, it is essential that you are able to set-up a number of rain barrels. Many may think that it is a hassle task and time-consuming, however, this can help you a lot during the time of drought.

Looking for the appropriate barrel may require you a lot of effort. But, you can make use of your garbage container/can. If unavailable, you can go to your favorite home improvement store to acquire few gallon plastic drums or barrels. However, this can be expensive so be sure you have decided it well before you purchase.

If you have already your own barrels, you may find your self on decision on where will you put these. You can place, the usual practice, in one corner of your house that rain water tends to pour. You may want it to be covered with screen to filter foreign matters that may come from the roof. You may also consider putting these barrels to areas that are near to your garden to allow you an easy access during watering. However, you must find way to be able to make an improvised water way connecting the roof and your barrel to gather more water.

If you want to have more, you can improve your roof waterway to make it catch more water and make it drop in several corners where there are barrels underneath of each. This can maximize your water saving, enough to suffice the needs of your plants to grow healthy in times of drought or dry spell.

The utilization of barrels may sound out modern perspective. However, when you are in severe drought or dry spell, this strategy can significantly help your garden's battle for survival. So, why don't you try to experience this strategy? Surely, this will help you achieve what you are dreaming for as grower.
About the Author
Bercle George is an expert gardener and has published an excellent greenhouse gardening resource at http://www.greenhousemanagement101.com/
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