Drought is a fact of life these days in summer, and for the gardener that's a double whammy: water restrictions at a time when your plants are at their thirstiest. Water conservation is an important practice for every gardener. Not only does it help to preserve this precious resource, but it can also save you money on your water bill. Here are some top tips to save water from the garden.
Our top 10 water saving tips!
- There's no need to get caught short though: with forward planning you can save rainwater at times when there's a bit too much, to use when there's not quite enough. If your water supply is metered you'll also save money by using the free stuff that comes from the sky instead.
- Water butts connected in to a down pipe save rainwater from the roof of the house, shed or greenhouse. We've got a wide variety in all sizes, shapes and colours in our garden centre, so take your pick. Buy the largest one you have room for, and link multiple water butts together with connector kits.
- Use what water you have wisely: only water young plants and seedlings, containers and really thirsty plants like courgettes and pumpkins. You can avoid watering altogether if you garden with drought-tolerant plants. Those with silvery leaves often manage well with no water at all, and they include some beautiful and classy plants such as lavender, artemisia and olives.
- Collect rainwater: Invest in a rainwater barrel or other type of rainwater harvesting system to collect rainwater from your roof. This can then be used to water your plants during dry periods.
- Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to help retain moisture in the soil. This can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood chips, straw, or grass clippings.
- Water early or late: Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. This will help to reduce evaporation and ensure that the water goes directly to the plant roots.
- Choose drought-tolerant plants: Select plants that are adapted to your local climate and require less water. Native plants are often a good choice as they are well-suited to the conditions in your area.
- Group plants according to their watering needs: Group plants with similar watering needs together, so you can water them more efficiently. This will help to avoid overwatering some plants while others are underwatered.
- Use a watering can: Use a watering can instead of a hose to water your plants. This will help you to be more precise with your watering and avoid wasting water on areas that don't need it.
- Use a drip irrigation system: A drip irrigation system delivers water directly to the plant roots, minimizing evaporation and waste. This can be especially useful for larger gardens or areas with water restrictions.
Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Poynings, Sussex for more information about measures you can take to save water in the garden.