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go! Platteland - - NO-WATER GARDENS -

I am not con­vinced that dig­ging huge amounts of com­post into the soil re­ally does in­crease its mois­ture-re­ten­tion ca­pac­ity and the abil­ity of plants to with­stand drought. Quite of­ten, it has the op­po­site ef­fect. Shap­ing the soil sur­face (see no. 4 op­po­site) to di­rect and cap­ture soil wa­ter by us­ing mini-dams, basins and swales (troughs that catch sur­face wa­ter) is a far sim­pler and more ef­fec­tive ap­proach, es­pe­cially when com­bined with well-timed plant­ing.

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