Sprouting water awareness

Backyard gardens promote efficient water use and education while providing delicious and healthy food for the family.

April 29, 2019 | By: TAP Staff
Emmarose watering vegetable garden
Emmarose nourishes her tomato plants with water she collects from her family’s rain barrel, reducing the amount of drinking water used on outdoor landscaping.


Did you know, vegetable gardens use about 9 gallons of water per square foot? A wise landscape option that uses less water than grass and provides opportunities for the entire family to learn more about their water usage.

Emmarose may only be 4 years old, but she is getting an education in water management when she has to balance the amount of water in her rain barrel and the amount her plants need. She has learned to water less during rainy weeks and more when it’s hot and dry.

Not to mention, her parents love the healthy snack options produced right in their backyard (blueberries are her favorite). If a garden is on your landscape wish list, now is a great time to start planning for next year’s crop.

Need some inspiration? Check out this family that turned their entire front yard into a food paradise.

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