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Tips for Watering Your Garden Plants.

 Purpose-built water butts can be connected to the drainage pipes  and gutters of your house, greenhouse or out-buildings so that you can collect the run-off from the roofs. They are durable  and hold a good volume  of water, which can be tapped off from the bottom.
           Regular watering is essential for summer bedding, vegetables, planters and hanging baskets as well as newly-planted trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
            Our tips show how to water your plants properly so that they can make best use of it and so that we don't waste this valuable resource.
          Successful watering isn't difficult. The following tips should put you on the right path. If you have chlorinated water let it stand overnight before using it. This will allow the chlorine to evaporate. Avoid using water that has been through a water softener. The sodium from softeners will eventually kill a plant. A plants' roots are more receptive to watering in the morning and the evening   and less so in the midday sun. However, it's not a good idea (if you can prevent it) to water in the evening, because when you let water sit on the leaves overnight, your plant is more likely to contract some plant diseases, like mildew. Use tepid and not cold water to avoid shocking roots. Water deeply - until the entire soil mass is wet - to encourage healthy root formation. If using terracotta? Water more often. Clay loses up to three times the amount of water to evaporation than other planters. Group plants with similar watering needs.  Use a long-necked spout if watering plants from the top. That way you will avoid splashing the leaves and be able to direct the water more carefully to all areas of the planter.
Did you know?
You and the Environment

       The use of most natural water resources is under the control of the environment agency. To be on the safe side, before diverting a stream or using a natural spring that is on your land, you must first check with the Agency and get their approval. You must also get approval from the Agency to extract water from rivers and any underground reserves.
         But rainfall is free, so collect and store as much of this water as possible, particularly during the summer months when water can be scarce and hosepipe bans are in force. All types of plants thrive on rainwater.

irrigated. A variety of kits and parts that make up such a systems are readily available. These systems are easily installed into an existing outdoor water supply.
  • Drip or trickle irrigation allows a steady supply of water to be delivered slowly to the soil around the plant roots. There is typically a sixty percent saving or more in water usage with such a system.
  • There are two types of systems. The first is a length of hose with miniscule holes in it. This is very popular where the ability to water an entire row of plants with the turn of a knob makes it very appealing.
  • The other type of system, more expensive, is where watering "emitters"  can be spread sporadically down the length of a hose, so individual plants can be targeted. With this system the quantity of water delivered can also be adjusted.
The advantages of these systems are: ease of use and delivery of a slow, steady quantity of water to a specific locations.

Collecting your own rain water

     Rain water is a precious resource that has been collected and  used for centuries. It is a life saver in times of drought but, in addition, rain water has a slight acid content which is ideal for most plants.
    Devices for collecting rainwater have improved  over the years. There are now easy to install DIY water butts and pipes to connect to the gutters of your house, garden buildings and green houses. There are also complete ready made systems that can be plumbed  in straight away. If space allows, link a number of butts together so that no rainfall is allowed to go to waste.
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