Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

“Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day.” Just kidding! Our co-operative garden needs the rain, as well as all the other gardens in the area. And the water table needs refilling. Every day I give thanks for the clear, clean drinking water that bubbles up from an underground spring. Some of the cleanest water in the country is available in this locale.

Last week, in addition to weeding and planting squash, we worked on ways to collect rain water. Click here for previous posts on our co-op garden You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto and Plant People. Our members have been really creative in sourcing materials, like hauling aged compost from a neighboring farm, making fish emulsion with leftovers from a fast food seafood restaurant, and now recycling 2 liter pop bottles left over from another restaurant.

I call them pop bottles, but you may call them soda or coke bottles. Here’s an interesting map of the regional names for soft drinks.  The National Soda Summit will convene in Washington, DC in two days to debate the effects of sugary drinks on the American diet. I’m not promoting the mindless chugging of soda here, but rather recycling some of those plastic containers for a higher good.

We drilled a small hole through the cap, filled the bottle with water, and inverted into the soil next to our thirstiest plants (tomatoes, watermelon, squash). The water will slowly, continually drip into the root bed. We’ll cut the bases off the bottles so that rain water will continue to collect, or we can fill from our reserves. Clever, huh?

Tonight we’ll brainstorm as a group how to accumulate some water reserves. We have a tarp, three rain barrels, some building materials, and differing views on the best way to catch the rain, or even the need for preserving water. Stay tuned for how that discussion turns out . . .

In the meantime, we’ll recycle newspapers and plain brown cardboard covered in mulch between our rows. Use the newspaper, but not the colored circulars or heavily printed or coated cardboard, as inks and coatings may be harmful when accumulated. The materials we use will:

  • Reduce weeds
  • Break down into usable mulch
  • Retain water that would otherwise evaporate

A healthy garden requires key ingredients: clean water, nourishing soil, sunlight, and nature’s best seeds. A healthy person needs the same, plus: friendship, purpose, and creative outlets. May the passions that inspire you continually water your roots. So that you grow. Thrive. Transform. Contribute.


Think:  As an individual, what do you need to not only survive, but to thrive? Are you getting enough nourishment in your life? Are you nourishing others in return?

Say:  Make a list of 10 of your favorite hobbies, passions, or pursuits. Pick 3 that you’ve kept “on the back burner” for a while. Write down the benefits that occur when you follow these particular pursuits – to your Self, to others, and our the world.

Do:   Take time for one of your nourishing practices. Today.

Comments on: "Water, Water Everywhere . . ." (2)

  1. The soda bottle waterer is clever. I’ve never heard of drilling the small hole in the cap. Can you tell me what size? Was that difficult to do without the caps splitting or cracking? Gonna try it! thanks.

    • Not sure of the exact size – the size of a small nail hole I guess. They were easy to drill. You could probably use milk jugs or water bottles as well.


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