Using Rainwater Tanks and Other Tips for Gardens with Edible Plants

With the right plant selection and proper care, your backyard can be a great source of fresh produce and organic ingredients. Instead of tending to purely decorative grasses and flowers, consider growing vegetables and planting fruit-bearing shrubs, herbs, and edible plants. You can even rotate your crops every season to take advantage of the weather and enjoy various delightful treats all year-round.

Edible Plants

Check out these practical tips on building and maintaining gardens with fruits, veggies, and other edibles:

Aim for sustainability.

An ecologically sound garden is one that respects the interaction of natural factors and conserves resources as effectively as possible. You can keep your garden’s environmental impact low without sacrificing results by putting certain water efficiency and conservation measures in place. For example, you can install rainwater tanks and use the harvested water for all your gardening activities.

Pick what and how you plant wisely.

Another good practice would be to plant thirsty crops together and separate them from drought tolerant plants. This way, you can prevent any conflict when it comes to their watering needs. Pick the best locations for your crops where they can receive optimal sunshine and shade throughout the day.

Additionally, be wary of the use of fertilisers and pesticides. Instead of relying entirely on chemicals, plant flowers and other flora that attract useful insects (i.e. critters that can improve your plants’ health) and drive away pests and other harmful organisms. These natural garden solutions should yield healthier plants and cost savings.

Devise a smart, low-maintenance irrigation scheme.

If you have limited space in your backyard, you can have slimline water tanks installed and maintained by experts in Perth, WA such as the team at Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies. These well-designed containers can seamlessly fit into even the tightest backyard spaces and can be connected to smart rain sensors and irrigation systems.

You can devise the system in such a way that whenever it rains, the sensors are automatically triggered to harvest and treat the runoff from your roof or gutter. The purified or enhanced water can subsequently be distributed through sprinklers or drippers at pre-set schedules or every time the valves are manually turned. With a well-organised irrigation scheme, your urban garden should thrive.

Sources:

Backyard Food Forest Gardening using Ecological Principles, Sustainable Gardening Australia

Busy person’s guide to watering systems for vegetable gardening, Sustainable Gardening Australia

Companion Planting in a Small Productive Urban Garden, Sustainable Gardening Australia

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