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Off-Grid GARDENING

Follow our guide to power your fruits and vegetables.

From rain-catchment systems to solar-powered electric fences, the off-grid garden is a great way to achieve lowimpact — and low-cost — food production or to simply grow vegetables in the middle of nowhere. However, growing situations differ, and what systems you can implement depends on many factors, including how much land you have, the size of your garden and local building codes as well as regulations on water catchment. This article offers an overview of your options, many of which can be easily implemented in gardens anywhere, regardless of whether the garden is a large commercial operation or a handful of raised beds behind the house.

WATER CATCHMENT

Irrigating a garden with city or county water can be expensive. Finding your own water source can reduce your reliance on local water systems and save you money.

A 500-square-foot roof can capture around 300 gallons of water per inch of rainfall. That’s a lot of water from a fairly small roof, which is why, if you have any sort of structure with a roof nearby, or preferably uphill from your garden, then you have a water-collecting resource that should by all means be tapped. Gutters should be attached, with downspouts to go straight into barrels (described later).

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