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Do you try to save water in your garden? One method called trench gardening may help you lower your water bill by going down into the ground.

My ears perk up when I hear about gardening or farming methods which can reduce the amount of water that I use. Currently, I have created beds to catch the rain water that is leaving my property by the use of swales to stop water and trenches to catch the water. My trenches have a perforated drain pipe which is covered by lava rocks. In one raise bed, I have placed a tarp to catch the water below, so the bed becomes like a closed pot. This is a deep bed, so the roots at the surface do not become water logged. I have used a method of placing organic matter in a layer in my beds to hold water. This method is almost like composting. The same material for a compost bin goes in a layer about a foot to two feet down in my garden bed. This is covered by the soil for planting. I have adopted planting methods to reduce water too. Plants that need the same amount of watering are clustered together. Light watering is done for seeds, but I do not deeply wet the ground until needed. That is a brief overview of my attempts, but I had not tried trench gardening, which honestly I had never encountered.
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