Category: Water Management

Water in the Garden: Too Much or Too Little

By Will Bonsall Water is essential to every biological process, so successful gardening depends on enough water being available at the right time. It may be in the soil or even in the plant tissues themselves, but it must be present and available. Without it you can load the soil with endless nutrients and they

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Terraces at the author’s Khadighar Farm hold nutrients and water while supporting crop growth on a slope. By Will Bonsall Photos and illustration by Will Bonsall Around the world people have used terraces since ancient times to grow crops on steep hillsides. The benefit of preventing soil erosion is obvious, but an equal value is

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Saving Water

Saving Water in the Home Saving Water in the Garden and Landscape Saving Water in the Home Most people use 50 to 70 gallons of water indoors each day, 75% of it in the bathroom, according to Michigan State University. Compare this with the 5 gallons per person per day used in Pennsylvania at the

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Water and the Web of Life

Jim Wilfong believes that Maine’s groundwater should be in the public trust, just as surface water has been for nearly 40 years. Photo by Joyce White. By Joyce White   We did not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, We do to ourselves.

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Organic Crops

From The New Farm® Copyright © 2003 The Rodale Institute®. Reprinted with permission. Imagine the press that would be generated if the genetic engineering industry developed a transferable gene that would allow crops to yield 35% to 100% more under drought conditions. Every newspaper would feature the story on its front page, and it

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Drip Drip Drip

By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. For information about reproducing this article, please contact MOFGA. Plants need water to grow, and although this is obvious to any farmer or gardener, water availability is the limiting factor to plant growth more often than most realize. More and more growers have become aware of this and are installing irrigation

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