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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2018 01:32 am
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this weekend is  a good time to start water harvesting, buy a 55 gal. drum by the jeep dealership for 350 pesos. place it under your scuppers. you'll have water for gardening needs, maybe even flush a toilet!

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What are scuppers? 

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drain outlets from the roof of the house

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Divert washing machine water to garden usage;  plus the phosphates are fertilizer for plants

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Excellent suggestion, I did that as a surface system, the ditch system was manually controlled with a shovel and dirt, it fed 5 grape fruit trees, the trees loved it, doubled my fruit production in one season.

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well i have been using my 2, 55 gal. water drums for a week. i still have half the water i harvested! my 2 water drums are cover with sheets of plastic, tied with string.

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With as much as we are fighting alkalinity in our gardens, I dont think introducing phosphates with their chelated calcium and magnesium would be a good thing.

Besides, it's not easy to find laundry detergents with phosphates anymore. They have been banned in the US and the EU for some time now. Maybe they still exist in Mexico.

I have noticed that my plants really respond to rainwater over the stuff delivered by CEA (well, when they DO deliver it). If I had 55 gallon drums of rainwater, I would use it on the plants. Too valuable to use for showers and laundry and dishes.

I have added peat moss to my soil for the last five years or so. With out it, I have seen ph readings over 10, at times. This well water is so damn alkaline.

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hook, great comments! rain water has always been revered as almost being magical! some people swear by it for use in shampooing our hair. it has never stopped amazing me the greening of the desert after a good rain. in arizona we have creosotes and the combined smells after a rain are missed by me!

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Rainwater in the western US is usually slightly acidic. Around 5.7. Most plants prefer slightly acidic conditions. The acidity of rainwater also helps to counteract the alkalinity of our municipal water. And because this is a desert, soils tend to be alkaline as well.

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