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As gardeners we all know how important water is, conserving it is important to keep our plants alive and our vegetable and fruit gardens productive.

Children love watering in the garden but often more water goes on them than on the plants a Non Spill Watering Can would make a wise investment and save on washing!

Containers, Patio Tubs, Growing Bags, Hanging Baskets, window boxes and Standing Raised Beds all require extra watering to prevent them from drying out, the addition of Rain Gel Water Storage Granules to your compost/soil will substantially reduce the need for watering as the granules absorb large amounts of water which is then slowly released to the plant roots just where it is needed most.

Here are a few other ways to conserve water in the garden:

  • During hot weather it is best to water your plants/garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimise evaporation.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture as well as suppressing weeds.
  • Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
  • Water only when necessary, most plants die from over-watering than under-watering
  • Wash fruit and vegetables in a pan instead of running water from the tap.

With hose pipe bans looking likely in the worst affected areas as soon as next month I think we could all do our bit for the environment by saving and reducing water usage and not just in areas where there is a water shortage.

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Recently there has been a lot of coverage in the news of water shortages in Britain and as it’s also Climate Week I thought it would be useful to look at ways of collecting and saving water.

Not all of Britain is affected by water shortages, it is generally in the South East and East of England, and is not due to water being wasted but by a shortage of rain. Recent winters have seen unusually low rainfall and last Autumn was one of the driest on record, although we can’t make it rain we can help by using the water we have carefully, by re-using it as well as collecting any rain that we do get.

Super Space Saving Water Butt 250L

Water Butts are the most obvious way of storing rain, they can hold quite a considerable amount, the Super Space Saving Water Butt has a 250 litre capacity and is ideal for smaller gardens/spaces, its square shape allows it to be positioned against a wall. To enable you to collect rainwater from your downpipes a Rain Water Downpipe Converter or a Guttermate 2 Rain Diverter and Filter can be used.

Did you know that the water you use in the bath or shower can be reused to water plants and on the garden, if everyone has a bath/shower every day there is an awful lot of water that can be recycled. An easy way to do this is to use a Bath and Shower Water Saver which is connected to your bath/shower/hand basin waste water pipe and the water can be diverted via a hose to a Water Butt.

Have a look at on website for more information on these great products which will pay back dividends year after year.

 

 

 

 

 

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