Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Use of Water in Your Garden
So we have had a good rainy season....so what? This will now be followed by months of no or little rain leaving our gardens dry and parched.
Use of Municipal water is limited and often rationed and even with a borehole to rely upon one has to be careful.
I always feel that watering the verges outside ones house is a waste - as is watering large areas of grass inside one's property. Grass needs to die down naturally and be given a rest.
The most important things are to keep the vegetable garden going and save the most vulnerable of plants.
Watering with a hose pipe is wasteful and very hit and miss with some plants not getting enough water and others being drowned!
Sprays are the best method of getting water evenly distributed. Sink drums under stand pipes and collect water in watering cans for those small patches of flowers or other plants.
Plan your watering so each part of the garden gets its share.
Make small holes in the bottom of a plastic juice bottle and plant this with the neck protruding from the soil, near to bushes and plants that need water on a constant basis. Fill the bottle as needed and your plant will get the water it requires.