The dry hot day’s of August have been dragging on with unbelievable heat. I have been scurrying outside early and trying to tend the garden. Then I am back indoors as the heat bears down. So today, as a new month is upon us; I thought we would have a visit about water.
The concern and worry across the world is water. Mostly the lack of fresh water to sustain us. This reaches more than gardening in a small home garden, but big producers of the everyday crops we use. So how in my little world can I use less, use it more efficiently and store for tomorrow?
When we started our urban homestead 4 years ago, here were some top of list concerns we had and wanted to really improve on:
First was power, so we went wind, a Small turbine and solar panels. The use of the two has served us very well. The next was water. Although we live in a river town we realized there is no guarantee that any water source is infinite. So we started studying and implementing, capture, storage and use of rain water. This has been a learning curve. But we found many like minded people very willing to guide us, help direct us, and get us started.
We started out by first putting gutters on the house. We needed those to catch the rain. Then barrels, to collect the water and store it. I found, begged and bought many barrels and after many trial and errors figured out how to put a un-leaking faucet in one. How to get is lifted up to have some pressure from the weight of the water so I could use a hose or bucket and it just started to snowball. I became a rain water addict. I warn people that when that first barrel is running over with all that water you are hooked and looking for more catchment! Not a bad addiction.
Now when we are under water restrictions I have water to keep my garden, trees and herbs alive till some rain comes. And it will, but as we all know when is the big question. So until it does I use rain water and town water when I can. I save every drop I can and mostly I am grateful to our Special river, the LLano who provides for us daily. Thank You!
To help you along the path of rain water harvest I suggest here on youtube for Billy Kniffen, our own Texas rain water specialist. You can see his many programs there. Also come visit our urban homestead in Llano. We welcome all to come learn from our simple way. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you can do it yourself and with the right attitude you can also have security in a barrel! We are the stone house on the corner of Brown and Walnut with the turbine. It is up to all of us to implement water conservation and be good stewards of the earth.
Hope you get hooked on rain water, it is a good thing!
Still growing green with Jannie in the heat.