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Using Rainwater for Gardening, Water Footprint of Gardening , Benefits of Using Rainwater for Gardening | ecofriendly planet

Rainwater for Gardening.

Benefits of Using Rainwater for Gardening.

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collecting rainwater for gardening

Flowers seem brighter, fruits are sweeter and bigger and veggies are fresher when they come from our own garden,  aren’t they ? But did you know, because of this , many of us make 30% of the drinking water we paid ends up as waste water ?

30% of the water consumed in the United States is used for outdoor uses, with the majority for landscaping.

US - EPA

The Water Footprint of Gardening :

Of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, approximately 7.8 billion gallons, , is devoted to outdoor uses, mainly for landscaping. During summer, our lawn and garden even take up nearly 40% of the total household water use.

Most of us love gardening. Whether it is fruit garden, vegetable garden or flower garden, we usually become proud of what we can harvest from it - no matter how much it costs us. Growing foods in your garden is good, it’s a way to cut your carbon footprint, but you should remember the amount of water you use to grow them, especially when it is paid from your wallet. Here is a table of the Global Average Water Footprint for some crops, issued by the Water Footprint Org.


CROPS / 1 Kg

Global Avg. Water Footprint (liters)

Apple or pear

700

Banana

860

Cabbage

200

Chocolate

24,000

Coffee

140

Cucumber or pumpkin

240

Dates

3,000

Groundnuts (in shell)

3,100

Lettuce

130

Maize

900

Mango

1,600

Olives

4,400

Oranges

460

Peach or nectarine

1,200

Potato

250

Rice

3,400

Sugar (from sugarcane)

1,500

Tea

30

Tomato

180

rainwater-gardeningSo what now, your apples and tomatoes taste sour and your lettuce is not as crispy as before you see the above table?  Don’t worry, we have the solution. A good - and eco friendly - way to solve this problem is using rainwater to water your plants.  Rainwater as well sunlight, are natural – renewable- sources that can help us maintaining ecological balance.

Benefits of Using Rainwater for Gardening:


  1. Good for you :  It can save your water bill up to 40%
  2. Good for the environment :  Helps minimizing the water crisis our planet is facing.
  3. Good for the plants : Rainwater contains less minerals and chemicals compared to the tap water which is enriched with calcium, lime, chloride etc.

Spraying tap water to your garden and lawn is very wasteful. Install rain barrel in your home and start collecting rainwater to water your garden.

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