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Tomatoes grow better with rain water.

If you grow any number of garden vegetables, even if it's just a few plants that you like to see growing from seed or a small baby plant, you need to realize how important it is to keep them watered well.

Rainwater can be stored and kept enclosed to prevent mosquito larvae from forming and keep it until you need it to water plants in the garden when there is no rain to be expected for weeks at a time.

If you decide you would simply rather water your outdoor garden plants with hose water from the outdoor faucet, think twice. That water is a valuable and treasured resource. It also contains chloride and other chemicals put there to kill bacteria that is required by law to be put in the water so humans can safely consume it. But, plants by nature do better with rainwater. It's pretty simple. Rain does not contain anything but, well H2O, water!

But to understand more about why it is important to consider this I have put a link under this to tell us all why it is so important to consider using rainwater not municipal tap water for your garden plants, and for that matter any and all household plants, both indoors and outdoors.

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VinceSummers wrote on June 26, 2019, 1:53 PM

Ah, a resource. Let's see: You live in, uh, Texas! Yes, unless you lived along the east coast, I can see that. And chlorine. You live in a metropolis. Not a 'burb. I can see THAT, too. And rain water? A better temperature than water out of the tap. That's a big one. And a deep watering is important, too. Not a shallow watering. One more thing: you might figure what time of day is the best time to water, since rainwater out of a barrel is not quite the same thing as rainwater out of the sky. I'd suggest it rains more often in the late afternoon. However, I'm no expert on that, by any stretch of the imagination.

MegL wrote on June 26, 2019, 6:57 PM

Collecting your own rainwater is important in dry climates and certainly, it is better for plants. I have often noticed that animals prefer rainwater to tap water.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 29, 2019, 9:06 AM

You are right Vincent. watering in the early morning and deep into the ground, not during the hottest time of day as that will burn the plant and the water will not reach the roots. Yes, I live in Dallas, south of the Trinity, that divides north and south Dallas. I live in a heat island during summer.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 29, 2019, 9:07 AM

That is true. If an animal doesn't like it, chances are a human should not like it either. Animals have better instincts than humans. LOL

VinceSummers wrote on June 29, 2019, 10:07 AM

For the most part, you are right! However, deer eat poison ivy. I don't recommend imitating the deer!