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This is from an e-mail sent today from the RHS … it may be helpful to all of us suffering in this drought!

Top tips for gardening in drought

Our top 10 tips for caring for your garden in this hot dry weather

With the recent wave of hot, dry weather across the UK you might have noticed your garden starting to wither. Chief Horticulturist, Guy Barter, has some top tips for caring for your garden at a time when water is at a premium.

1. Trees may shed leaves indicating stress but it is seldom fatal. Established shrubs, roses and climbers don’t usually need watering either.
2. Consider re-using water from your home. Wastewater from the kitchen, baths, basins and showers is suitable to water plants and containers.
3. Water newly planted trees and shrubs as a priority. Ensure the root ball is wet, checking with a trowel if necessary.
4. Where planting is essential and can’t be delayed; puddle plants in, fill the planting hole with water (or better, ¼ strength liquid fertiliser) and allow to drain several times before setting out plants.
5. A good soak, to wet the root zone, every 10 days in July and 14 days in August is best. Watering little and often is generally more work, less effective and wasteful of water. However, a ‘good soak’ can mean the equivalent of four 9L / 2gallon watering cans per square metre / yard.

6. Move small pots and hanging baskets into the shade. Suspend hanging baskets over a potted plant so run-off water gets used.
7. Lawns may brown, but although the leaves die the grass remains alive, ready to regrow once the rain returns. So watering them is not essential.
8. Greenhouses, conservatories and polythene tunnels easily overheat. So boost shading and even remove some panes of glass to reduce temperatures.
9. Target water where it is most needed. Camellia and rhododendrons lay down buds in late summer, so a good soak every so often then will help.
10. Warmth will speed up composting so there should be plenty of excellent compost this Winter.

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Useful reminders - thank you!

19 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks Shirley!

19 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks for sharing the information Shirley :)
Good for people to know watering in dribs and drabs is useless but that's what lots do.
A good watering every few days is better.

19 Jul, 2018

 

Thank you, Shirley.

19 Jul, 2018

 

My Gerbils continue chewing egg boxes, and their litter has helped a lot used for recycling old compost, and for mulching. If you dont want to keep Gerbils the wood shavings litter can be bought from pet shops. Tear up old egg boxes without the labels, and add to the litter. Garden soil is ground up rock. Never throw it on the garden, always recycle with pet litter, egg box bits, and a few handfuls of Fish Blood and Bone granules. Keep in a large plastic box outside, will rot down and be ready for use next Spring.

20 Jul, 2018

 

Thank you.

Each day I notice a new plant that is suffering, so it is out with the washing up water quickly!!

20 Jul, 2018

 

Glad this has been of use ... still awaiting the promised rain!

20 Jul, 2018

 

Great tips thank you Shirley tulip.

20 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks Shirley...

21 Jul, 2018

 

Still no sign of anything resembling a raindrop in Norfolk - and it's getting hotter again...

21 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks for all the comments ... :o)

21 Jul, 2018

 

I keep a bottle of filtered water in the fridge, plus some fruit juice to sweeten. Drink a glass of icy water 5 times a day. Havent had a cup of tea for days.
Just want Marmite on Bread and butter to eat.

23 Jul, 2018

 

Know what you mean Diane. Who wants to cook in this heat?

23 Jul, 2018

 

Some very useful information there from the RHS,Shirley.

24 Jul, 2018

 

Balcony, I really hope the forecast remains in place for thundery showers from tonight until early tomorrow as the ground is so dry ... :o(

26 Jul, 2018

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