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Watering plants in drought..........Any ideas.




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maryliz
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maryliz
126 days ago
 
We have been asked not to use hose pipes and to be diligent with water at the moment because of drought......so. good to find an answer for the garden.....

Plant pots....some of the soil in my plant pots I had mixed in with the gel that is used for hanging baskets....appears to help keep soil damp for longer....with no harm to the plants......
Use old plastic water bottles punch holes with nail through lid...if this runs through too fast, line the small lid with felt..helps to feed it slighly less quickly, but helps water reach the roots....

If you have pieces of old material or old towels....soak them in water and cover ground aroundn plants....could help cut down on sun taking moisture from from ground quickly.

Soapy water from washing up bowl......(not sure whether soap hurts plants so be careful (but spraying roses with soay water gets rid of greenfly)

Just measure with an old plant pot what you wish to use for your plants and give them a measured dose of water...to keep them going...until rain comes......



Of couse, this only works on a small garden...if you have a large garden I have absolutely no idea how you can conserve water and keep hemhealthy.
  
Goose
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Goose
126 days ago
 
Save any tea left in teapot- thats good for the garden
  
Crafty nannie
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Crafty nannie
126 days ago
 
Good ideas like the idea of using plastic bottles, and tea.
  
Towst
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Towst
126 days ago
 
water late evening, and only water the base of the plant, that gives the water time to get down into the soil before the heat of the day evaporates it. Water plants in pots and newer plants first, older plants perennials etc will have deeper roots and can get to water deep underground.

Water from baths, showers, washing up can be used in moderation on plants but obviously not on fruits and vegetables, so can tea, coffee (cooled) seltzers and club soda, but not any drink with sugar or flavourings in, so NOT coke or orange squash. You'd be surprised how often you use water to wash your hands or rinse off a piece of fruit for instance, keep a bowl in the sink to catch this water to use, and use all the water from boiling vegetables for your plants but let it cool first.
  
maritrez
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maritrez
125 days ago
 
Neat ideas there!


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