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Tips for saving water in the summer garden
July 19, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rain actually does "go away" on warm, summer days in the Pacific Northwest, and during this dry time, when vegetables and flowers bask in sunlight, water use and costs can increase substantially.
Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from WaterWise Oregon Gardening, a statewide program of Oregon State University Extension. Online information on how to design and plant water-efficient gardens is available at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/watershed/waterwise-gardening.
The following tips, compiled by Linda McMahan, horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service, can help conserve water and save on summer water bills as well.
- When you're considering new plants, take a look at common WaterWise plants such as black-eyed Susan, sunflowers, blanket flower, California poppy and coneflower. Once established, these plants require minimal irrigation. Group WaterWise plants together for maximum water savings.
Source: Linda McMahan