How to Use Water Wisely but Carry on Gardening!
Forget the finger-on-the-end-of-the-hose at midday approach, that’s just too wasteful with the water not even reaching plant roots before it evaporates!
And you may wish to think twice before planting water hungry plants but with all the plants that we can grow in Britain that will still leave you with masses to choose from!
Here are a few of my Gardener’s Wise Watering Tips ~
Water early or late in the day but not in the middle.
Get the water to the base of plants where it will be used and don’t waste water by splashing it over the tops of the leaves.
Invest in a drip watering system to put the water exactly where it is needed. Don’t forget to get a time clock for it too.
When planting, incorporate lots of well rotted compost, bark or spent mushroom compost into the planting hole to hold the moisture in.
After planting trees, shrubs, roses and other hardy plants, apply a layer of mulch to trap in the soil moisture where it is most needed… at the plant’s roots.
Don’t worry if your lawn goes brown, it is very rare that it doesn’t recover when it rains again.
Cut your lawn with the blades raised higher than normal. Raise them by at least 1” [2-3cms] as this shades the grass roots but also encourages the roots to grow deeper.
Collect rainwater in butts or any suitable container. Catch it from the roof, the shed, the garage and from the greenhouse. If space, add more water butts to catch the overflow from full ones. Fittings and linking kits are widely available and easy to fit.
Collect and use ‘grey water’ from sinks and baths but avoid using it on edible plants.
Always add water storing granules to hanging basket and container compost. This holds water and releases it when your plants need it most.
Bigger pots use less water than small ones.
Keep weeds to a minimum…they use water too!
Fences, hedges and screens reduce water loss by giving your garden shelter.
Think twice about what you plant. Marigolds use less water than busy lizzies, lavenders less than Dahlias and onions less than salad crops.
But whatever you do, don’t stop gardening! It’s good for you and gives us all a great deal of pleasure!
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