Yesterday while the dogs explored their new backyard, I tackled this side bed filled with bedraggled lamb’s ear. It had been days since I’d done any gardening. Believe me, I needed it.
After pulling parched leaves from this section of bed, I gave it a long soaking. But not with just any old city water. Water from our very own cistern!
Yes, underneath the back porch, a 3,500 gallon cistern collects rainwater. The cistern is original to the home (built in 1876) and was restored by the prior owners. They even capped it with this antique water cover brought back from New Orleans.
This cistern is one of my favorite things about the house.
Maybe it’s my imagination, but after only one watering and a good night’s sleep, I think the lamb’s ear already looks better.
What do you think?
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
“Water is the driving force in nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci