For those of us with green thumbs, finding the best materials and tools to tend to our gardens can be a high priority. While the top fertilizers, seeds and weeding strategies can be debating at length, it is also critical to recognize the importance of quality water when considering how to care for your garden.
It may be simplest to set a timer and let your sprinkler system do the rest, but there are a number of benefits to maximizing your use of rainwater in growing your garden. When captured before it hits the ground, rainwater is free of the pesticides, pollutants and chemicals it often gathers when running across streets, sidewalks and lawns. Rainwater, which is naturally acidic, can balance out the alkaline nature of soils near chemically basic concrete. Rainwater also has the benefit of being a similar temperature as the air, and does not shock plants’ roots like tap water does. Overall, rainwater is a healthier option for plants.
Making sure your plants are predominantly watered by rain can require some advance planning, especially in places with dry seasons. Plant lovers can ensure that their gardens have the best, most natural water source by using a rain barrel. Rain barrels provide a free source of water that is ideal for vegetables, trees, and plants because it does not contain fluoride and chlorine, which are added to many municipal water systems. They enable residents to collect water through the rainy season for use during dry summer months. When outdoor water restrictions are in place, water from a rain barrel can be used to wash vehicles or water lawns. Residents can also use the water to clean floors and do laundry, and having a source of stored water can be beneficial if an emergency ever arises.
The members of St. Mary’s French Immersion Catholic School Parent Council have recently launched a rain barrel sale to raise funds to improve our school’s outdoor playground; with a recognition of the need for and the value of rain barrels in maintaining the health of our home gardens and the environment.
Local residents can keep their gardens healthy and well-nourished by ordering a rain barrel in advance of the May 8th distribution date. Please place your orders by May 3rd to avoid disappointment. Orders can be placed at http://www.rainbarrel.ca/smfisharks/. We are selling these rain barrels for just $65, they include leaf and mosquito filter basket, spigot/tap, overflow adaptor and overflow hose. Other accessories are also available.
Rainwater can help reduce the pollution and balance the pH in your plants’ soil, and prevent damage caused by cold water. If you are committed to ensuring your lawn or garden is as healthy as it can be, use more rainwater in your gardening.