Here at SGEV our water comes from an underground source high in the mountains. This water flows abundantly, however it needs to be collected in our water system before being dispersed throughout the community. In an effort to use less electricity for pumps and conserve water to be used by others, we ask that during dry season, people water their gardens for a maximum of 2 hours a day. We have found that 2 hours of watering is sufficient for 1/2 acre lots with veggie gardens, flowers and more. Whenever possible we encourage people to use river water or grey water filtration for irrigation.
Planting during rainy season lessens the need for watering, that means less work for us with a better chance of survival for the new plant.
Plants drink through the roots not through the leaves. Watering only the soil around the plants keeping the leaves dry will prevent the leaves burning and lessen water loss through evaporation.
During dry season, put plants in the ground with a small wall of soil around the plant base to make a “bowl” to collect the water to allow it to soak into the soil.
During rainy season build up the soil into a little island for the plant so that water can run off.
Allow the water to soak through the soil down to the roots so that roots will work their way down and become stronger plants.
Watering in the early morning while the ground is still moist with dew allows the water to penetrate the soil (clay) more easily and effectively.
Watering in the evening allows the water more time to soak into the ground with less evaporation from the sun.
We all love and need fresh clean water to live. Some residents use an extra water filtration system at the their homes. These systems don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Charcoal filters are readily available and easy to install. Also a good
practice is to boil some water in the morning and keep filling your glass or bottle throughout the day. These practices reduce the need for purchasing expensive bottled water and reduce our use of non reusable plastics that are wreaking havoc on our environment.
Eco friendly laundry detergents and cleaners are recommended to lessen the amount of phosphates, perfumes and other chemicals finding their way into our delicate water system. These can be found in our grocery stores but if you don’t find them, be sure to ask for them, this will encourage business owners to supply them for us and to raise the awareness of the need for these products.
Using reusable shopping bags is easy and convenient. Keep a few in the car or folded up in your bag. Even when we have food delivered from the farmers market to our homes by Henry, we can supply him with our shopping bags the week before to reduce our use of plastic bags. Some of us return our washed glass bottles and jars to the farmers market for reuse, then the bag gets filled with our purchases.
Some people justify plastic shopping bag use by using them to dispose of their garbage, however there are much better alternatives available such as recycled, biodegradable garbage bags Kanguro or Olympic brands for example, conveniently sold at most grocery stores and even at the pulperia in La Trinidad. These are economically priced and won’t end up in landfills and oceans.
We even have SGEV canvas shopping bags for sale at: firstname.lastname@example.org