Lost in Rainwater and Sunlight

I’m defenseless when rain and sunlight come calling in the garden. I’m obliged to rush out after a shower with camera in hand- like a bee to honey. There’s been rainwater a plenty this year in Connecticut. The plants and soil display their pleasure with each passing event. Clean, crisp and content.

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Did you know that rainwater has a neutral pH, is generally softer than tap water, and soaks into the ground deeper than hose watering?  I didn’t. We’ve been scouting out various rain collectors- mostly to stop having to drag a heavy hose at great distance during dry times. Many are quite ugly, and of course require a gutter to work effectively, so- it’s a project as the out buildings don’t have gutters yet. Now, I have another reason.rainwater

We have a great well here in Litchfield- I never thought about other issues that might surface when  watering house plants with city water. Even with wells, if you have one- be aware that the addition of salts to soften the water, while it is better for plumbing can cause plant damage.

Distillation removes chemicals and minerals from city water.

Consider watering inside with distilled water. You can make your own too.

rainwaterCarbonated water

Carbonated water on plants can be a good thing. Who knew?

Water temperature also affects plants.

Some say it’s better to water with hot rather than cold water.

Speaking of rain and water. Remember these guys? Whoa, what a look. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Rain on the Roof

Raspberry Hosta is a favorite Paola Pillow. rinwaterBring some in out of the rain. They’re in stock!

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