Storing water for the garden

When you are a penniless student hippy who lives somewhere that is as dry as the Sahara desert for 4 months of the year you NEED to find ways to store water and Bev has some amazingly clever ideas plus so much more! Check out this awesome post and guess who is off to the tip to look for old bath tubs…


I wrote this post a couple of years ago, but some of my newer readers won’t have seen it so I’ve updated it for reposting. With summer on the way it’s worthwhile thinking about how to keep the water up to newly planted trees and seedlings.

Storing water for the home food garden is crucial for self-sufficiency and building resilience into our lives in the face of change. In a reticulated system, such as most of us have now, energy is needed to pump water to suburban homes. In the energy-scarce future that’s ahead of us, we can’t guarantee that we’ll always be able to turn on a tap and have water at our fingertips.

So….putting in water storage systems should be a priority. Much more so than the latest brand of plasma TV or the latest iPad.

It’s important to look at the cost of storing water per litre

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chica Andaluza
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 07:57:04

    Even in rainy old England we have a water butt (hope that butt is not a rude word in Tamania 😉 )


  2. Sue Dreamwalker
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 21:02:45

    Running along to see.. Water is precious every drop counts, and even as Chica says Good Old England gardener’s still have their water barrels.. 🙂


  3. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 11:52:56

    Considering the fact that most of the country (and especially the west) is facing a severe drought right now, this is some invaluable information. So grateful you would pass it along! We’re doing just ducky out in New England, but since I’ll be spending quite a few months back in California soon, I had better go prepared for the lack of rain.


  4. Yelena
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 05:33:05

    Garage sales are the best, I am a big sucker for old stuff. I have a thrift shop near by, with very good prices, I visit it all the time. I love to do still lives, you know, so I am always looking for unique things to photograph.

    Wishing you the best!!




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