In this blog I will discuss, how to conserve & save water in your garden. One of the most precious and often scarce resources that gardeners have is water, it is so vital for plant growth and life in general. Yet at the time of writing mid May 2020 there is talk yet again of hose pipe bans. In my area Co.Laois Ireland it hasn’t rained for 12 weeks and the same is true for may parts of Ireland and the UK. Crops are struggling and garden plants are in many cases desperately seeking a days “soft rain” as they call it around here.
It shouldn’t be the case that gardeners are struggling for water. Our average rainfall is between 750mm & 1250mm per annum. We get between 150 & 225 rain days. (Defined as a day with some level of rain) per annum also. So with that in mind it seems strange that there is water shortages in our gardens.
Waterbutt sales are always at there highest during a period of dry weather. Which again is strange. (Although I do know that when hose pipe bans are announced water butts magically get filled at night by the water fairies so maybe that explains it). So maybe as gardeners we need to get planning in advance. To ensure we have enough water to help our gardens flourish during dry times.
Hose pipe bans are often discussed by the government. Which is about the 4th or 5th time in the last 6 years. So it is definitely becoming a feature of our weather. Also looking at the bigger picture it probably isn’t going to be sustainable long term. To be using costly treated water in our gardens. When that water is already under pressure from lack of capacity.
With all that in mind I think it’s vital for gardeners to start planning how they can harvest some water. This can be used in their gardens to offset some of the water from the mains systems.
So if we find ourselves in an extended period of dry weather with water becoming scarce. Here are 10 tips to save water and use less water in our gardens.
So that’s it 10 things we can do to conserve & save water in your garden. So get planning how you will ensure you will have enough water so that your garden can flourish no matter what Mother Nature throws at you for next year!!
Until the next time,
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