Water scarcity continues to haunt lives of many people all around the world. Global warming has left several rivers dried and the remaining ones are left at the mercy of humans, who never fail to pollute them. Even the underground water levels have decreased drastically and water crisis continues to become severe day by day. Irresponsible attitude of humans have lead to serious deterioration of water bodies in terms of both quality and quantity. As this crisis becomes critical every other moment, harvesting rain water can lead us to sustainability. Now is the time when every single drop of water matters and one must remember it is never too late. There are several methods of harvesting rain water that otherwise goes wasted. The harvested water can be utilized for several activities especially for gardening. Several areas in India face drought every year that ensues a series of farmer suicides. Thus, it becomes imperative to understand water harvesting and collect water to face the hardest times. Here we bring to you five simple ways to harvest water for gardening.
1. Cooking water
Well this one is the easiest and best way to harvest water for gardening. We cook food everyday. The vegetables are washed and even boiled during this process. Generally, the waste water is wasted down the drain. However, one can use this water for gardening purposes. Just collect all the water after boiling the vegetables and let it cool down. Once this water cools down use it to irrigate your garden. This water is safe and also contains lot of nutritional value.
2. Rain water
Rain water harvesting is the most traditional and sought after method of harvesting water for different purposes especially irrigation. For this purpose, you can build a rainwater collection system that allows you to collect the water for future usage. Take a big container and place it under the rood drainage pipe. The rain water that is draining down this pipe gets collected in a container and can be used in future for irrigating the garden.
3. Kid-size swimming pool
If you are having a kid-size swimming pool at your home, then it could be a perfect way to conserve water for gardening purposes. Generally, when children are done with the swimming pool during hot sunny days, we just empty the pool without giving a second thought of using that water. One can take the water in such pools using a bucket as well as watering cans and use that water to irrigate your gardens. In addition, whenever there is a heavy downpour then you can place this swimming pool outside in open and let the water accumulate in it which can be later used for gardening just as described above. This is an excellent way to capture rain water in large quantities.
4. Urine water cum fertilizer
Well, you heard it right! The urine water is also a most undermined source of watering some plants as it contains attributes of a fertilizer. Urine is a biological waste produced by our body that contains urea and other important nutrients. Research has proved that tomato plants show remarkable growth, if regularly irrigated with urine. The growth rate of such tomato plants is about four times more as compared to a plant irrigated with normal water. Well it does not mean that every time you have to pee, you need to stand over a plant and pour over a plant. Rather develop a habit of storing the urine water in a bucket or container and use it for irrigating particular plants on a regular basis.
5. Compost instead of using the garbage disposal
This method might not let you harvest water directly for gardening purposes but it is for sure the best practice to be followed by all gardeners. Hundreds gallon of water is used everyday to send the food and other scrap into the sewage plant. This scrap also gets stuck on the pipes and again requires a huge amount of water for cleansing purposes. However, if one creates closed compost at their backyard and dump all the vegetable and other bio-degradable waste into it, then it will facilitate in saving large quantities of water and creating quality manure for your garden. This compost also retains considerable amount of water that easily gets absorbed by the plant roots, thereby, supplying them with necessary nutrients and water.