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ルイヴィトン バッグ How gardeners can beat the great British drought

These are tough times for gardeners. There's a drought. The hosepipe ban kicked in over the south and east yesterday. The hosepipe ban even has its own official website! But what about our gardens? We worry about our trees, our perennials, our containers and our vegetables. I know, it all seems very alarming. But it's not all doom and gloom. There are things you can do.
Don't panic  
Don't just throw your hands in the air, put your head under the pillow and pray for rain. Pray for rain, yes, but keep in mind three things. ルイヴィトン バッグ
One: Plants are resilient, they want to grow, they're desperate to grow so they can create a new generation. They're determined not to let a water shortage get in the way of reaching maturity.
Two: Choose drought tolerant plants,
Three: There are plenty of things you can do to help them.
Choose plants wisely  
There are plenty of plants that are happy in dry conditions, especially once they're established. The RHS publishes a useful list 鈥?though they left out these agastache (pictured above is 'Summer Sky'). These invaluable hybrids are derived from plants native to Mexico and the southwestern USA 鈥?so they can take drought. And think, too, of the plants you saw on your Mediterranean holiday.
Don't forget the bath water  
The average family uses 500 litres a day, that's 110 gallons in old money. A lot of that goes in the bath, and all of it goes down the drain. It doesn't have to. Use a hose pipe attached to a syphon pump to get the flow going and out into the garden where it can be useful.
Back to the washing up bowl  
Many of us wash up in the sink, and then let the water drain away. Wash up in a washing up bowl then carry the water outside to the garden.
Water butts  
Use a water butt. Connect it to the drain pipe top collect rain (when it eventually comes) and your siphoned bathwater can go in there too. Mount it is as high as you can on blocks to make it easy to use.
Drip irrigation and soaker hose  
Sprinklers waste so much water that we should never use them. Most of the water simply evaporates. Instead, for containers use super-efficient drip irrigation and for beds and borders use water saving soaker hose (also known as seep hose and leaky pipe). One run of soaker hose along your row of sweet peas or runner beans will do the trick.
Mulch  
A mulch of gravel or bark, applied when the soil is already moist, helps seal in moisture. Always soak your Keep Calm Spread Mulch Image 漏 GardenPhotos.com bark mulch by dumping it in a barrow or simply adding water to the bag so that it doesn't suck moisture out of the soil.
Sink a pot in the ground  
Plunge a pot in the ground alongside newly planted shrubs, fruit bushes or trees then simply fill it up with water from a can and the water drains through the holes in the pot straight down to the roots. Those deep pots that roses come in at the garden centre are ideal.
Water in the evening  
Always try to water in the evening so the moisture soaks in well before the heat of the day starts to make it evaporate.
Container compost  
Choose a container compost with water retentive granules to help plants make the most of every drop of water you give them.
  
Got any more drought tips? Please add them as comments below so that we can all benefit. Thanks.
  
This is a recent post from Graham Rice's new blog - Simply Blogging with Graham Rice hosted by the mail order nursery Simply Seeds and Plants.
   
                                               
       
               
                        
               
                                                                               
                       
               
                                                                                   
                                                                               
                                       
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