Tuesday, July 22, 2014

3 Ways to Repurpose Water for the Garden

To Do List.....
#27 - Install rain barrel.

Yes, it is still there, on our to-do list.  One day we will install a rain barrel, allowing us to reduce watering costs for the garden. Rain barrels are great, but installation takes time and money.  We'll get to it, but in the meantime we have our own little repurposing tricks.


  • Pour cooled water from cooking pots onto potted plants.  This time of year we boil a lot of vegetables: spinach, corn, beans.  And once it cools I pour it on the potted plants on the front steps, just beyond the kitchen;
  • Dump dehumidifier container into watering can and head outside to the tomato and pepper plants.  This is water literally pulled from the basement air, and it nourishes the garden plants!
  • Catch water in the shower with a watering can.  Our kids love to play and splash in the shower at the end of the day.  Once they are inside the shower, I drop in a watering can and after they are in bed, head outside to finish watering any plants that are too dry.
Do you have another great way to repurpose water in the garden that is virtually free?  If so, please leave a comment!

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