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April 12, 2011

Green Your Garden: Water Wisely

Drip irrigation This week’s tips are about how to cultivate a sustainable garden; the goal is to keep you seeing green through the end of summer.

Tip #2: Water Wisely.

To minimize your garden’s water use, mulch with cocoa shells, bark, or other natural materials to reduce evaporation. (Bonus: This also helps keep weeds down.) When you do need to sprinkle your crop, consider using greywater or installing a rain-collection system — simply placing a barrel under a downspout could suffice. Try drip irrigation instead of a broadcasting sprinkler, and put water-delivery devices on a timer.

Tell us: How do you conserve water in the garden?

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