And personally, I feel that some people simply reject being educated on environmental issues.
- Using a cup to brush teeth, instead of letting the water run.
- Repurposing water, i.e. water from the duck pond. After about three days of 'soiling' the water, we take it and pump it out and water the trees. Has the nice benefit of fertilising while watering.
- Harvesting rain-water in re-purposed wine-barrels - now our trees are going to be Syrah-drunk. We got these used barrels cheap from a vintner. Apparently they can only use thm for wine-making for a certain number of ywars and then berid them. One man's trash is another man''s treasure. So, Roberto drilled holes into the barrrels to connect them to the water spout as well as hook them together and then installed a hand-cranked pump. Love that thing! Amazingly, we collected full barrels still in early May in SoCal!
- And lastly, I ordered a bunch of Ollas.
These Ollas, terracotta vases, were pretty pricey but the idea is that you bury them in the earth and then the plant roots 'draw' the water out of the porous ollas, hence, the plants get the water where they need it (no loss due to evaporation) and you do noot overwater.
This thing has pores thriugh which the water 'leaks'.
You need to really make sure this thing reaches every plant otherwise it is not soo helpful. Also there will be mostly likely be spots where you water where there is no plant.
I am honestly not too impressed with this thing and find hand-watering after moisture measuring more useful.
Another cool inexpensive gatched is the water-meter: It lets me know, when the soil is wet, moist or soil and so I am not overwatering.
Only when it shows 'dry' will I use H2O. Very helpful!
So, we won't water on those days.
Eventually, we hope to install a graywater system. . .