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A Beautiful Watering Solution

Gardening Victoria BC - Lush Gardens
Here is a wonderfully beautiful way of having lush and supremely healthy gardens - despite the severe watering restrictions imposed upon us. The solution is very simple, and very elegant.

Just use all your dirty dishwater on your flower, vegetable, shrubbery, balcony and indoor gardens. This double duty of your dishwater is a truly wonderful solution - since it also contains the best fertilizer there is. All of the leftover traces of our meals came from plants and animals in the first place and, therefore, contain everything any plant could possibly need. It beats the simplistic 3 elements fertilizers (N-P-K) by about a million to one.

And if your dirty dishwater is not enough to keep your garden nice and moist, use your bath or shower water as well. Just close the drain when showering, and rinse off your feet, if necessary, after your shower.

And don't worry about the phosphates in your dish or bath water. As most people know, phosphates are a disaster when discharged into water, since they create an explosion of short-lived algae, and their quick decay then robs the water of oxygen, starving all affected aquatic life of oxygen.

But phosphates are an incredible resource when used on land. Here is why. Phosphorus is the carrier and storage medium of the life-energy of all living things. This is why there is such an explosion of algae growth when it gets into the water.

However, when used on land it causes a very similar increase in growth - but without the decay problem, since a) plants, flowers and crops do not decay as quickly as algae in water, and b) there is so much more oxygen in our air that any decay does not rob any other living thing of any oxygen whatsoever. Indeed, on land the phosphates are a powerful and extremely beneficial fertilizer. Consequently, what is a disaster in water is a fabulous fertilizer on land.

Ok, this is the first step. The second step is just as wonderfully beautiful. Again, it's very simple. Just cover the ground between your flowers, veggies and shrubs with a 4" to 6" deep mulch. This not only retains a great amount of moisture in your soil, but it will also keep the soil warm at night and cool in the day - which is pure heaven for all growing things, making them grow like nobody's business. It also looks inordinately good.

And best of all, this also reduces the labour of weeding by about 90%, since a nice dense mulch sharply reduces weed growth. Any organic ground cover, from fine bark mulch (no cedar!) to pine needles does the job.

But the best, and totally free, mulch of all are - of all things - those *#&*^% weeds. Just let them grow to about 6" inches tall, and then shear them about one inch above the ground - so they will grow again - and lay the cuttings over as an instant, free, and richly fertile mulch. It doesn't get any better; one doesn't even have to go anywhere to get it - or cart it around all over the place. It grows right where it's needed!

This might sound crazy to some, but If the truth be known, "weeds" - beginning with lichen and moss, which can grow on stone - have created - and maintain - the whole of our planetary biosphere, including the oxygen we breathe. And fighting them as we do is actually a total waste of what is in reality the most powerful biological resource and building force on this planet.

And a weed mulch looks pretty good too. It looks just like straw when dry - which it will be on the surface unless it rains. Moreover, its decay will also increase the fertility and quality of your soil season by season and year by year.

With these two simple steps we can indeed have wonderfully healthy and lushly thriving gardens - even under the most severe watering restrictions. And on top of it all, it is not only wonderfully "green" and environmentally constructive, but it saves a you all the money for fertilizers - plus about 90% of the labour of weeding!

This information is of particularly vital importance to all market gardeners, who could otherwise have a very hard time of it. For them the first step would be a nice thick mulch, since this reduces the need for irrigation by about 50 to 75%. And if I were a market gardener, I would make some kind of arrangement with one, or two, or more, busy restaurants to have all their dirty dishwater pumped into a tank, and to collect and use it for irrigating the crops.

The costs for the latter will be more than offset by savings in fertilizers, and by the substantial improvement of the quality and fertility of the soil. It's a win-win-win situation in every possible way.

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