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Save Water by Learning How Much Your Plants Really Need

With the increase of local and small family food production, comes a bigger need for water -- but water is a precious resource.

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…Many years ago we observed a community garden where everyone assumed that he or she had to water every night. It was the classic case of, if a little is good, a lot will be that much better. Instead of helping the plants, though, this constant watering actually leached nutrients out of the soil, and the garden got worse and worse. By the end of the season, this extreme over-irrigation had utterly destroyed the structure, or tilth, of the soil.

Leandre Poisson and Gretchen Vogel Poisson are the authors of Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way from Chelsea Green.

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