Free, Clean Water for Plants in Hot, Dry Regions
In ancient times people collected dew water from lamb fleece. Over night the dew would collect on the fleece and this would be wringed into a container.
Lanolin, a waxy ester, came out of the fleece and mixed with the dew water. It protects skin with a thin coating so when people washed their face with that dew water they had what people called "a dewy complexion".
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The same idea can be used for plants...Collect dew water over night and give it to plants. Lets do this in California where they need water badly for the crops that feed the US.
The Tal Ya tray is an aluminum composite tray that responds to shifts in temperature between night and day. When a change of 12 degrees C (21 degrees F) occurs, dew forms on the tray surfaces and this condensation is funneled straight to the plant and its roots.
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Since water from dew is 'distilled' water this alleviates the problem of salinity in the soil caused by irrigation. The trays also protect crops from frost during late and early season in the north. Go to the Tal Ya BLOG for more info on this great idea.