These tips to conserve water in the garden have been brought to you by Silk as part of their #YayWater campaign. This post is sponsored by Silk, but concerns our own opinion.
All of my garden plants are in the ground, along with a handful or two of seeds. They will need a lot of attention cover the coming months to ensure that they stay healthy and nobody eats them that isn’t supposed to. Like ME! Watering the garden will be a chore I do frequently over the coming months. Summer in GA is hot and my water bill sometimes soars if Mother Nature doesn’t offer a bit of rain occasionally. Everyone in the house tries to do their part by conserving water whenever we can to balance out the garden usage. Every household, business, and organization should take a look around and find ways to conserve water every day. It is a precious resource that we need to survive so using less of it is a very good thing! Did you know that drinking Silk milk instead of traditional dairy milk is a good way to do your part to conserve water? It’s true! By drinking Silk milk instead of cow milk, you actually end up conserving water because cows drink a TON of water. In fact, producing Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk actually uses 77% less water than producing one carton of conventional U.S. dairy milk. That is a huge difference!
April is Earth Month and in celebration of this beautiful planet, Silk has launched a cute and educational video series to help educate people about the importance of learning how to conserve water. Silk has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to help raise money for water conservation efforts. For every “share” of one of the Yay Water Earth Month videos, Silk will donate $1, up to $20,000, to The Nature Conservancy. In order to do your part to raise awareness AND money, I hope you will head over the watch the Yay Water videos and share them with your friends, family, and followers!
Drinking Silk milk is just one way to start on the path to water conservation. If you are an avid gardener like I am, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your water usage when keeping your garden plants hydrated!
Tips to Conserve Water in the Garden
1. Water the roots, not the leaves. This means that you should be aiming your hose at the soil, not waving it over the top of your garden.
2. Water deeply, not frequently. Those roots run deep and getting the soil really wet helps keep plants hydrated. Watering the top of the soil only just ensures that the sun will evaporate it without letting the plants soak it up first.
3. Water in the morning. Watering in the heat of the afternoon is not as effective since the water evaporates faster instead of soaking in deep. Watering at night encourages disease growth.
4. Choose the right plants for your region. If you live in Texas you will have a hard time growing lettuce in July. Trust me, I’ve tried! Choose plants that thrive in your region and choose native grasses and ground cover that are more drought resistant if you live in a hot climate.
5. Mulch your plants to keep the water from evaporating. Mulch is also a great natural weed control method!
6. Rethink your traditional hose. Use drip irrigation with a soaker hose to reduce evaporation by directing water to plant roots.
These are just a few easy ways that every gardener can do their part to conserve water in the coming months. To learn more about how drinking Silk milk can also reduce our water usage, check out Silk on Facebook and Twitter. Please share the video below with your own followers to help raise money for this important cause!