By Kim Charles:

Joan Cunnington and her husband, have learned how to collect, store and reuse rainwater to keep their garden thriving in Canada.

"My garden is located on one acre of table land on top of the Niagara Escarpment in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. We have no access to municipal water or sewer, which tends to concentrate the mind powerfully on the careful use of water in the garden. All of our water has to be trucked up an escarpment, so my husband and I developed a system of rainwater collection and storage and the re-use of gray water, to keep his vegetable garden and my flowers thriving. Last summer, the garden was a disaster because we ran out of water. This year, rain was abundant in southern Ontario, and my flowers, many of which I grew from seed, responded magnificently.  I tried a new variety of nasturtium seed, the Phoenix, and I was amazed at its brilliant colors and spread; in fact, it didn't matter what I planted because most of my plants bloomed their heads off and created bright displays everywhere. The garden continues to be beautiful even now in mid-to-late October with the lovely warm weather we've had so far this autumn."

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