Sky to Soil: Growing with Rainwater
May. 03, 2022 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Daily Acts and City of Petaluma
Did you know that every single inch of rain falling on a 1000-square-foot rooftop surface generates over 600 gallons of high-quality irrigation water?
Have you noticed the infrequency of rain this year, and the shifts in rain frequency in the last decade? Do you want to help recharge groundwater and reduce storm water pollution? There is no better time than now to learn how to use the free resource that Mother Earth generously provides to us – rainwater!
Rainwater is the best kind of water for your plants: it is naturally distilled, slightly acidic, low on salts and contains important minerals and nutrients like nitrogen. By harvesting rainwater both in-ground and above-ground, we help slow the flow of water, spread it across the landscape, sink it into the soil and store it in the water table, aquifers or even containers.
The slowing of storm water runoff before it enters local waterways helps to alleviate problems associated with flooding, draining, and pollution of waterways. By designing our gardens to retain rather than drain rainwater, we build healthier soil, which ultimately creates more resilient and prolific plants! By implementing a variety of low-cost, low-tech solutions, you will not only boost the drought-resilience of your own garden and save money — you’ll also contribute to the drought-resilience and ecological health of your town, city, watershed, county, and state!
Please join us for a free webinar to learn the numerous benefits of incorporating rain gardens, swales, rain tanks and barrels into your landscape and how to do so!
Join us to learn about:
In-ground and above-ground rainwater catchment strategies
The role of even small-scale interventions in repairing the water cycle
How to design and implement low-cost, low-tech rainwater harvesting systems