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As we all know, gardening is a very rewarding hobby which also requires a lot of devotion and effort. You want to do everything you can do to make your garden as beautiful as it can be and bring out its full potential. Of course, this shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment. As someone who loves nature and devotes their free time to it, you must think of the broader picture. Being responsible and saving water will make the natural gardens of the world flourish, too. It’s especially important to teach this lesson to your children, as you create the world they’re going to grow up in together.
1. Harvest rainwater
Rainy days are a real blessing for you and your garden. Not only will you be able to enjoy the weather while being silly outside with your child, but you’ll also get to show them the wonderful effects rain has on your plants. Just try telling your little sprout that you’re going to harvest rainwater and see their eyes light up with excitement. To a kid, this is a strange and peculiar process. It naturally piques their interest and makes them want to help.
Set up barrels or a catchment system together, and watch the rain accumulate. Now you have a part of the sky with you, ready to aid you with taking care of your garden. Not only will this be a cute and interesting way to spend time with your kid, but it will also show them how important conserving water is. Aside from that, they’ll be able to see that plants prefer unfiltered water and they’ll gain knowledge of how to safely use this method when they grow up.
2. Check your irrigation system
Every true gardener, no matter how young or old, should know to check the irrigation system. This is something often used in vegetable gardens which allows you to do your job more easily and save water. Alas, it cannot function on its own without regular checkups. So, at the beginning and end of every gardening season, take your child by the hand and perform this maintenance check together.
Any visible clogs should be cleaned and the water settings should be adjusted according to the time of the year. When it’s colder, your plants will need less water and will likewise need more when it’s hotter. This will not only save water but ensure your plants are getting the right amount. You can show your child how to do this the first time you perform the check, the gradually let them take over each season. This will boost their confidence and surely grow them into a responsible gardener who conserves water.
3. Don’t water when it’s windy
Water and wind simply don’t mix together. It might be time to water your garden, but if it’s a windy day outside, it will be of no use. Your little gardener might be excited for some light watering, too, but make them think about why it’s not a good idea to do that on a windy day. This is a perfect opportunity for them to learn the lesson themselves.
So, why can’t we water the garden while it’s windy? The answer is simple. As wind causes excessive evaporation of water in natural grass and plants, you’ll need double the amount just to do the job well. This ends up wasting a ton of water in the long run. There’s nothing wrong with waiting a day or two for the wind to die down. Nothing will happen to your garden, you’ll save water, and your child will carry on this lesson to their own garden one day.
4. Change the way you use your hose
Using the hose is a necessary part of tending to any garden. The thing is, you don’t need it for absolutely everything. Even though it might be easier to just spray your stone path with some water to clean it, you shouldn’t, for example. It wastes a lot of water for no reason. Use a broom instead. Children especially are prone to wasting water around the garden.
No matter how big or small your child is, it’s bound to want to have some fun with the hose. Spraying around, making mud, playing with the dog, or spraying you and themselves – it’s all just part of the game for them. It’s your job to teach your child that the garden hose pipe is a tool, not a toy. It should be used responsibly, only for certain tasks like watering the plants.
5. Don’t use too much fertilizer
Instinctive gardening 101 might say that fertilizer is a good thing and that you should use as much of it as possible. After all, what’s the harm? Your plants are well-nourished, grow greener and look absolutely gorgeous. This is the sort of mistake any rookie gardener can make, and that’s why it’s important to stop the method at its core. Your children will learn from you, so teach them the truth about using a lot of fertilizer. You might get better results visibly, but the matter of the fact is, it will cost you a lot water-wise. This is especially true when it comes to fertilizing lawns.
A lot of fertilizer means your plants and lawn will need to be watered more often, making them weaker and more dependent. As soon as you stop watering it daily and warm weather hits, you can say goodbye to that green garden you’ve been dreaming about. Easing up on the fertilizer will help you strengthen your plants, but will also save you a ton of water you would’ve wasted.
In conclusion, teaching your kids about being responsible should be a priority. These are the skills and lessons they’ll carry on to their adult life and pass on to their own children. Education and responsibility is the only true way of ensuring a green earth, and you can easily make your contribution through a hobby both you and your child love.
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