06/30/2011, Riverland Gardener, Tracy Jenner

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Collect as much rain water as you can

Using and managing water in your garden and on your allotment is essential to grow healthy plants that better withstand the attacks of pest, disease and periods of drought.
The soil can be thought of like a sponge, containing numerous pore spaces that can hold water. This acts as a reservoir of water that is exploited by the plant roots. The ability of plants to exploit this reservoir differs greatly between plant types: some plants have much deeper rooting systems than others so can use water from greater depths.

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