Post by gianna on Feb 12, 2021 14:23:32 GMT -5
Isn't that the truth! I used to have it calculated how many gallons of run-off came off the roof with each quarter of inch of rain. Amazing indeed. That was when I was working to fill the possible 10,000g storage max here. Unfortunately this was not a built in system, but miscellaneous containers, including a couple above ground 'swimming pools'. Alas there was no efficient way of preventing evaporation long term with those. If I ever were to build a house, I'd have a really good system put in.
For my blueberries (about 50 in lrg pots) I now use a 100 gallon stock tank, and a sump pump to water. As soon as I finish watering, I refill the tank to allow the chlorine from the fresh tap water to dissipate. They thankfully don't use chloramine here. But the water fresh from the tap does stink. Our pH is also high, generlly around an 8. For the blueberries, I also acidify the water.
I most often use soaker hoses as my main irrigation delivery. The tap water does not seem to harm mature plants. Though after a good rain, they sure look happier.
When I am watering my seedlings or other more delicate plants, I prefer to keep a trash can with tap water, lightly acidified, and off-gassed, ....but that just doesnt always happen. Sometimes I have just too many plants. And you have to plan ahead for that. And sometimes the plants just need water, now. This is why I'm going back to collecting rain water. Wish I had started at the beginning of the season, but with one more inch of rain, I think I can collect enough for my current containers. At least enough for seedlings and transplants for the year.
I wish collecting rain were a way of life for people here, but it isn't. Just not that many gardeners I guess.