01 Apr Organic Gardening Solutions That Save Water
California’s drought is no April Fool’s joke. And Governor Jerry Brown wasn’t laughing when he announced first ever state-wide water restrictions. While preserving our natural resources is serious business, there is no need to panic. Organic gardeners have many tools available to help them maintain a beautiful garden while reducing water usage.
Increase the Organic Matter in Your Soil
Adding just 5% organic matter (one heaping shovel-full of a product like Kellogg Garden Organics Amend or G&B Organics Harvest Supreme for each square foot of garden), to native soil can help that same soil hold 20% more water! Gardeners can then reduce how frequently they need to water their garden, saving time, money, and our precious natural resource.
Add Three Inches of Organic Mulch
Research shows that adding a three inch layer of mulch on top of your soil provides a whole host of benefits, not least of which is reducing water usage. Mulch helps prevent evaporation, so more of the water you provide your plants stays where your plants can use it. By using products like Kellogg Garden Organics Gromulch or G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner as your mulch, you’re not only preventing water evaporation, you are adding organic material and nutrients to the soil.
Your local plants are well-adapted to the climate and amount of rainfall you get in your particular area. They likely need little or no supplemental water. If you can’t find a native plant that fits the bill, look for plants from climates similar to yours. For example, plants from other Mediterranean climates are likely to do well in California with minimal additional watering. The Metropolitan Water District has a great database of plants that are “California Friendly.”