The last two posts were on the topic of water. As we move into the hottest part of the year, this post continues that theme, kicking off a five-part series on how to effectively water plants.
“What should you water plants with?” may seem like a silly question. With water, of course! But not all water is the same.
Typically, we water our plants by connecting a hose or sprinkler system to a spigot and drawing from municipal water supplies. This water has chemicals added to it, including chlorine to kill germs and fluoride to promote dental health. Whether these chemicals are actually good for people is still a topic of debate, but it is generally agreed they are not good for plants.
Plants do better with chemical-free rainwater, which also happens to be less expensive than municipal water. All we need to do is catch and store the rain as it arrives. A single rain barrel, connected to a downspout, can collect many gallons of water in a single rainfall.
Over the next few weeks, That Blog will cover other aspects of how to water plants, and then look at plants that may not need to be watered at all.