Since there has been talk of water issues and gardening, I thought it would be good to have a place to share thoughts and ideas on how to grow with less water. I have used a number of ways to conserve in the past years but this year, my goal is to come as close as I can to doubling my gardens output while using only half the water. I'm going to have to pull all my tricks together and even come up with a few new ones to make it happen. To start off with, I will pass on a trick my dad suggested to me today. When planting your tomatoes, bury a 1 gallon plastic jug with holes in it next to each plant, leaving the jug opening above ground. Just fill it with water each day and it will self water the plants. One gallon of water released slowly at the tomatoes roots will usually be sufficient for each plant, their will be less evaporation and less water will be needed to reach the plants roots this way. I have about 25 empty gallon jugs that I was planning to use to store drinking water but they are now going to go to the garden now. For the rest of my tomatoes, I am going to run a soaker hose down the rows and replace them with the jugs as they become available. Another way to slow water plants is to use a 5 gallon bucket with holes drilled into the bottom, sit it close to the plants needing water and fill it up. I have used this on my smaller plots where seeds are sown instead of being planted in rows and it works pretty good. Next!