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Water conservation makes sense/scents/cents

It wasn’t so long ago that environmentalists were thought of as tree huggers, hippies, extremists, or wackos. Well, now that clean water is becoming more scarce, those same folks are considered economical and ecological trendsetters.

Being careful with household water use will prevent excessive untreated water from overflowing into lakes and rivers. It’s an easy way to save money, as well.

Conserving water isn’t rocket science, and in many areas it’s a necessity. Countless simple measures can make you a good steward of the water supply we all must share. Check your water meter during a period when water isn’t being used, to make sure you have no faucet, toilet or pipe leaks. Take shorter showers, and don’t flush your toilets more often than necessary. Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth. Run only full machine loads of dishes and clothes. As you wait for your shower water to get hot, capture the cold water in buckets to water your houseplants or garden.

Outside the home, conservation is even easier—and sometimes it isn’t optional. Set your sprinklers to avoid watering your driveway, and water when it’s not windy or too sunny, to avoid evaporation. Using mulch and organic matter in the soil around your plants and landscaping will help retain moisture, meaning less frequent watering from your hose.

One common-sense conservation measure is to start your vegetable and flower garden with healthy starter plants from healthy seeds. You can start at home from seeds, but it requires daily watering and monitoring for proper moisture, to get the seeds off to a good start. Garden Harvest Supply sells an enormous selection of vegetables already started for you, to be transplanted after the last threat of frost. High quality, mature starts will establish quickly and not be as sensitive to moisture fluctuations as plants started from seed.

As you plan your spring garden, consider that keeping your vegetable plants in pots in a greenhouse as long as possible is the best way to conserve water. You are only watering the soil immediately around the new plant, and not an entire garden of soil. Some vegetables can be transplanted well into maturity. Others can remain in pots through the entire growing season, such as peppers, tomatoes and herbs. Potted plants require more frequent watering, because their soil will dry out more quickly, but compared to garden plants, they will require cups instead of gallons with each watering. Other advantages of keeping plants in pots is their portability and their decorative possibilities.

If your water is being rationed, it’s mandatory to consider your garden’s efficient use of water. Keeping new plants in pots eliminates the need to set up a garden sprinkler system as you get your new vegetables and flowers established. Garden Harvest Supply sells larger plants, and starting with healthy plants in the right growing medium means less susceptibility to drying out.

Starting your garden plants from seeds is fine, but it does require more constant moisture from the very first day of planting in pots until the plant’s roots are well established. Sometimes, starting with plants instead of seeds makes economical and ecological sense!

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