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How long can rain water be stored in tanks?

I plan to collect rainfall (this autumn or next spring) from roof into plastic tanks (1 m3 capacity) and use collected water later for watering vegetables. My question is for how long can rain water ...
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How do we deal with abnormally heavy rain?

I just started gardening this year, and we've tried a few methods to see what works best, including a straw bale garden, compost bag gardens, and a tilled field. Things were going great until about a ...
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How to prevent mulch from moving

Last year I laid a lot of mulch down. After a few storms, the mulch ended up piling on one end of the landscaped area. Either it was blown or moved by rain water. Is there a good way to prevent mulch ...
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Should rain water be allowed to flow directly into greenhouse?

I see a lot of talk about storing rain for later use in a greenhouse... But what about letting the rain flow into the greenhouse instead of storing it? If a small 6'x9' greenhouse has gutters, would ...
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How much accumulated rain within 24 hours is considered a “normal” watering for grass?

We have a fairly extensive home auto setup at our home. Included is a Netatmo Rain Gauge. All APIed to our RaspberryPi running openhab. One of the parameters we are able to pull from the api is ...
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Is it possible to avoid rain making my flowers and decorations look muddy?

I think this photo tells the story much better than words: However, I will try words as well: It rained today, and earlier in the week, at times heavily. As each rain drop landed within the flower ...
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How do you adjust watering based on rain in the forecast?

I have a few vegetables growing in containers. Let's say the soil is starting to dry out, but it's supposed to rain tomorrow. Would you fully water the plants now? Or just give them a bit of water ...
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Is there a way to keep hardy geraniums upright?

I have some large hardy geraniums in my yard. At their best, they are about 2 feet tall and look beautiful. However, after a storm, they flatten out and do not look nice: We get heavy storms ...
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Why do pink rain lillies flower after rains, but not from being watered? How to make them flower?

We have pink rain lilies (Zephyranthes Carinata) in the garden. In my personal experience, I've found that they always flower, without exception, shortly after rains. However, there are roughly ten ...
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Plant only flowers after rain, and not from being watered. What plant is it?

My landlord has this plant in his garden. (See pictures at the bottom.) I water it for him several times a week, using water from a closed well. It doesn't usually rain here. There's maybe one or two ...
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What kind of mushroom is this and should I get rid of it?

We got a lot of rain in Austin over the last few days and now there are mushrooms popping up all over my vegetable garden. The garden bed is raised and only about two weeks old. I'm worried the ...
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How to handle insects in standing water

Here in Texas, we've been getting an unusual amount of rain. Large parts of my yard have been having a hard time trying to dry out, with some visible water standing just below the grass level. I've ...
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How can I add drainage to an area with shrubs already there?

I have 12 sweet viburnums (Viburnum odortatissimum) in a row as a future privacy hedge. I had to replace 2 of them just recently because they suffocated from sitting water when I had heavy rain at the ...
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Can I use rainwater captured in Los Angeles to grow plants?

I have a rainwater capture system. Roof is not metal, neither are the gutters. I capture 1300 gallons under my deck. I live in Los Angeles. Can I grow with this? Or should I be worried about ...
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Should I use tap water for my Aloe and Lucky Bamboo?

I've had my Aloe for about 5 months now; it's doing a bit better than it was at the store (they had it in direct sunlight and it was getting damaged). I just got two stalks of Lucky Bamboo also and I ...
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Do I need to winterize my large rain cistern, and if so when?

We have a large roof-fed rain cistern, approximately 1500 gallons. Make, model, and material were not obvious to me, though I can look harder if needed. It looks similar to this: It would be nice to ...
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Sudden Outbreak of Yellow Leaves on Tomato (and Other) Plants

My mother was in a panic this morning. She called me over to help her with her garden because many of her tomato plants had suddenly developed yellow leaves, many of which (but not all) also have ...
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Is Imidan and/or Captan on fruit trees resilient to rain?

I have fruit trees that I spray with Imidan and Captan. I try to do this during dry spells, but often the weather will change or my only opportunity to spray is right before rain is expected. Will ...
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To be effective, how long does Glyphosate weed killer need to be applied before it rains?

Yesterday I used around 3 litres (approximately 1 gallon) of glyphosate (generic Roundup) around my garden. It was in the evening around 6pm. This morning I awoke to the sound of rain. Will the rain ...
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Planting seeds before a rain to save a step

It hasn't rained here for nearly a month, but it's supposed to tonight. I was thinking of doing some quick planting when I get home and let mother nature take care of the watering, is she usually ...