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Watering your garden....

By Heather 9 years ago

Haws watering can - a classic...
July is usually the hottest month of the year. If it is absolutely tipping down when you are reading this… – it’s time to purchase the water butt… If you have a dust bowl outside your kitchen door – it’s time to wish you had purchased a water butt… Anyway, whatever the weather if you have a veggie plot you should be reaping the rewards right now - with home grown strawberries, freshly picked salad and herbs, - as well as beetroot, onions, garlic, peas and best of all new potatoes… YUM! By the way some varieties don’t actually flower, so if your spuds have been in the ground for ten weeks you have official permission to try a test dig… When watering your vegetables there are a few tips which will help ensure you get the most out of the water you have got. Some plants are pretty drought tolerant once established, - like root vegetables and onions, so the main ones to concentrate on are the lettuces, the tomatoes, the peas and beans, the squashes and courgettes. Leafy crops need a regular soak. Water early morning or evening when the temperature of the air and the soil is cooler – otherwise you will lose a lot of water to evaporation. The rule is to soak not splash. Water the soil not the plants, so that the roots get plenty. You will get the hang of how much to water based on the following important indicators: the soil type in your garden, how windy it is, whether or not you have mulched your garden, how much organic matter is in the soil , and of course when it last rained. The last element is of course how impatient you are…– there’s only so much time you can spend out there holding the hosepipe in your slippers before the first Earl Grey Tea of the day beckons…

Rain Water by Guest Blogger Simon Sherlock

By Simons 10 years ago

Rain butts – It's very satisfying watering the plants you have grown from scratch with water collected for free off your own roof.  With the cost and environmental impact of treating water to make it drinkable it seems a waste to use it on your garden when gallons and gallons of the stuff hits your roofs every year, only to disappear down the drain.  Wiggly Wigglers supply a number of water saving items that will help you make the most of the water that would normally go to waste, including the Drought Buster which can be used for siphoning off your soapy old bath water.  This is not only a great way of saving water but because this water is often soapy it will help control aphids on your plants who hate soapy water.