- Make sure water is diverted away from any
- Managing hoses: Lock up all water accessories
such as nozzles, spigots, wands, hoses etc.
- Install a water meter onto the tap (to
visually remind gardeners to conserve water) at the cost of the
community garden group.
- Irrigate using T-tape. It releases 1
litre of water every 4 hours. Do not use acid to unblock
- Post a notice on "Basic Watering Tips" and ask
all gardeners to initial that they have read it. (This works well
in a small community garden.)
- Include an article in the July community
newsletter on "Basic Watering Tips".
- People sometimes overwater and get watery
vegetables and fruits such as "watery tomatoes". Advise
gardeners to water less as the growing season goes onward.
Show them how to stick their finger in the soil to check below the
surface for moisture. Teach them to water the soil not the
plant and to water longer and less frequently in order to develop
the roots of plants.
- To retain garden bed moisture and get relief from daily
watering try Rechargeable Solid Water (RSW)
in containers or individual raised beds. 1 RSW bag stores up
to 300 ml of water after 10 minutes of soaking and releases water
up to a period of 30 days depending on weather conditions and soil
type. RSW is non-toxic and biodegradable when exposed to sunlight.
Soak it once and put into ground at a 45 degree angle near the root
zone. Cover completely with soil. Every time the garden
bed or container is watered the RSW re-absorbs more water to be
- Water-soaked peat moss can also help. However, peat is
not a renewable resource so cocoanut fibre bricks
are better. Put one cocoanut fibre brick in a bucket of
water. It really expands and holds the water! Spread
the fibre below the surface of the garden bed soil and it will keep
moisture in raised garden beds longer each time you water the
- Watering support for vacationing
gardeners: Every gardener is introduced to their
Watering Buddy when they sign up to rent a garden
space. They decide how they will keep in touch in order to water
each others' beds when either one of them is away. For shared
garden beds everyone takes one week acting as Garden Angel / Garden
Hero when they are responsible for watering the shared gardens
during the growing season.
- Use signs in the garden bed: "Please
Water Me I'm Thirsty" or "Water Me Before I am Very Dry"
- Water harvested from roofs can be used for
trees and flowers on public land but not for food crops because of
caution needed to maintain public health hygiene.
- The Barrel Man has a business
converting food grade barrels into rain barrels. Also, they can
supply 1000 litre container with framing around outside, dimensions
3 ft x 4 ft and 7 ft tall, pink or black. Calgary Plastic Container Supply also
converts food grade tighthead barrels into rain barrels.
- Remember to drain, clean and dry out water
barrels before winter
- Learn how to identify where a swale could be
placed in the garden site in order to keep rainwater
soaking into the soil instead of becoming water runoff. (Swales are
water running courses that fit the contour of the existing land
site and keep rainfall soaking into ground instead of flowing away
without being absorbed.)
- Consider using wicking beds in garden bed
expansions. They are constructed using gravel, weeping tile,
watering tubes and overflow prevention. Water a wicking bed
every 5 days by connecting water to the bottom of the bed (not the
top of the soil). Here are links to articles and How-To
Instructions, Photos and Diagrams
How -To Videos
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