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Lynn M. Gregor wrote:

We have a plan for rain barrels but there is no downspout nearby to collect from could be problematic because West Nile Virus from mosquitoes is a big concern around here.

Find a downspout to connect to and use the rain barrels -- rainwater is a LOT better than treated water for your plants (I don't know why, but our experience is that the plants like the rainwater better. Of course, you're going to need the metered water, too, but while you're putting all those pieces together, you can at least get SOME water and when it rains, if folks use the rain water, it will save on your metered bill, too.


As for West Nile, you can either put Bt mosquito dunks in the barrels (can get pricey, but works) or put about an inch of veggie oil (I buy as cheap as possible) at the top of each barrel every couple of weeks. The veggie oil keeps oxygen from getting into the water, so the mosquito larvae all suffocate! Dr. Benjamin Rush suggested this remedy to Philadelphia in the 19th century during the Yellow Fever Epidemic and it still works! And it's cheap!




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

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