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Hi, Lucy!

If you have any structures at your garden, install gutters that will dump 
any rainwater into a barrel.  You can keep insects out by pouring an inch 
of veggie oil on the top.  We're getting such gutters installed later this 

Greywater is also good to use at home -- we now use the water from the roof 
and rinse water from the washing machine for non-food crops.  Food crops 
can use water from cooking pasta, potatoes or eggs and water collected from 
the shower while waiting for the hot water to kick in.  Our backyard is 
lush because we use all these sources -- and if more folks added their 
water to the ground rather than washing it out to the sewer system and then 
the river, the water table would rise a whole lot faster and we wouldn't 
have these "water emergencies" so often.

Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

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