From: Sprinkler Juice
When you stop and think about you’ll realize that you use a lot of water on a daily basis, especially at home. But how much do you actually use? Here is a good way to find out; we’ve broken down the average water usage in the typical household. Keep reading to find out how much water you use.
Morning and Evening Routines – You use water all day long and that water usage starts early in the morning and goes late into the night. Every morning you brush your teeth, wash your face, shave, and shower. With that in mind you should know that every time you fill up your bathtub you’re using roughly 36 gallons of water and every time you take a shower you use roughly 2-3 gallons of water a minute depending on the type of shower head you use. Brushing your teeth requires 1-2 gallons per minute. Remember that you perform many of these different activities twice a day; that’s twice the amount of water.
Daily Routine – Aside from morning bath time you have to remember that you’re consulting the tap all day long. Hand washing; 1 gallon, shaving; 1 gallon, running the dishwasher; 4-10 gallons, laundry; 25 gallons, using the toilet; 3 gallons, watering the lawn or garden; 5-10 gallons per minute. Four, five, six gallons here and there really adds up making it incredibly easy to waste water without even realizing it. Remember that when you use water for other things like watering the garden or lawn it could increase your water bill even more.
Once you know how easy it is to waste water you can start to monitor the usage a little better. For watering the garden we recommend using a sprinkler timer and a rain sensor to keep the sprinkler from running too long and to keep it from turning on when its raining.
From Sprinkler Juice
New gardeners make plenty of mistakes, it’s all part of the learning process. While most mistakes are harmless and will only set you back a little, others can be detrimental to your new garden. Here are three major mistakes you should try to avoid.
Seeds – As cheap and easy as it is to buy a bag of seeds, don’t do it. You’re new to gardening and cultivating seeds is a learned skill. Since plants are most susceptible as seeds you’re far better off purchasing seedlings for your garden. Seedlings are hearty enough for an inexperienced gardener yet young enough to need tender loving care before they can grow into fruit baring plants. No, it’s not cheating, once you master the skill of actually taking care of your plants you’ll then be ready to start your garden from scratch.
Watering – Don’t be to quick to think that all of your plants need the same amount of water. Take some time to get to know your plants, some will need regular watering and some will only need a minimal amount. We suggest that you do your homework way before you plant your garden, this way you can group plants together depending on their water needs.
Pruning – Please do not forget to prune. No matter how little or frail that seedling looks, it still needs to be pruned even if it doesn’t have very many leaves. If you don’t prune your plants they can become unhealthy and sick; when dead leaves stay attached, the plant continues to waste precious energy feeding the dead leaf when it could be growing a new, healthy one. Prune often and you’re plants will grow strong and healthy.
“Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” – SprinklerJuice.com
From: Sprinkler Juice
It’s easy to look at bodies of water all around us and make assumptions. While we might think that a water molecule frozen in a pacific glacier will never reach a backyard stream, we could be mistaken.
Traveling Water – Surface water, meaning water that is above the ground, doesn’t stay put. But of course you already knew this. if you’ve ever sat on the side of a babbling brook or watch the wave’s crash onto the sand you know that water is always moving. Having said that, how far does it travel? In a 100 year period one water molecule will spend, on average, just over a year and a half as ice, two weeks in lakes, rivers and streams, 98 years in the ocean, and less than a week in the atmosphere. Knowing this, take another look at the water that is rushing past your feet as your walk along the surf, said water hasn’t just traveled thousands of miles in the open ocean, imagine where else it has been and how far it still has to go.
Groundwater – We know that surface water is fast moving, what about groundwater? If you get your water from a well then you’re actually tapping into a groundwater system. If you have always pictured the aquifer as a fast moving underground river, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Groundwater couldn’t be more opposite than surface water. So opposite in fact that it takes nearly an entire human lifetime for groundwater to travel one mile. Where above ground is zipping from here to there groundwater moves at a snail’s pace.
Temperature – It’s probably a good thing that surface water is constantly moving, especially because water regulates earth’s temperature. Have you ever noticed that coastal towns are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer compared to central regions? The reason for this is simple, you’re standing right next to a huge body of water that is doing its best to regulate temperature and make changes less drastic.
So, the next time you water your garden, think about the water you’re using. If you’re using rainwater just imagine how far said rain molecules have traveled to land in your buckets. If you’re using well water think about the slow moving pool beneath your feet.
Lawns are cool!
Lawns are 50-70 degrees cooler than streets and driveways and 30-40 degrees cooler than bare soil.
Lawns minimize erosion!
Rain will remove up to 2200% more topsoil from bare earth than from a lawn
Lawns are 10 times better at soaking up rainfall than crop farms
90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots
The microorganisms in turfgrass soil can clean:
- petroleum products
- metals (lead, copper, zinc, and cadmium)
- chemicals, including pesticides
Grass enrich the soil by adding over 6500 lbs of organic matter per year to an area the size of a football field
A turf area of 50 sq. ft. absorbs carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fouride and releases enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.
Lawns are efficient!
Five year old trees require 200-300% more energy input than a lawn.
Shrubs need 350% more energy.
Shrubs can take twelve times as many hours for maintenance as the same area planted in grass
Less than 1% of the domestically used water is utilized to irrigate landscape plants.
Infographic: How Green is the Grass? by Adam Kutner
Professional Lawn Care Association of America
Edible flowers add a touch of colorful to your salads and are the perfect way to welcome summer into your cuisine!
Here’s list of the best ones we’ve found, based on flavor and beauty, of course!
A prolific grower, calendula blossoms grow in abundance. Sprinkle individual petals lightly on a salad.
Basil, chives, dill, fennel, and arugula flowers all add a spark of aromatic flavor and a burst of color to salads.
Whether wild or cultivated, delicately flavored violas jazz up a bowl of mesclun greens like nothing else.
Intense blue star shaped flowers add a burst of color that contrasts nicely with greens. The flower’s delicate flavor tastes similar to cucumber. Separate the flower from the stem for a softer texture.
Organic Gardening Magazine - “Edible Flowers”