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30-06-2018, 11:45   #1
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What to do during hosepipe ban?

Perhaps a stupid qn but is there anything that can be done to try help a garden when the hosepipe ban is in force and you can’t water ?
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30-06-2018, 11:46   #2
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Grey water... Put a few buckets under yer shower in the morning.
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30-06-2018, 11:46   #3
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My grass is yellow. Just going to bear it.
It will rain again in Ireland and all will return to normal.
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30-06-2018, 11:48   #4
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I'd let it suffer / go brown. It'll be grand again in a few weeks. Anything that requires more than a gallon or two out of a watering can at night cant be done much for Imo
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Yes that’s fair enough we spent a lot getting the garden done last year I’m just loath to let things die !
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30-06-2018, 12:13   #6
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Few water butts of rain water.
They come up cheap on Aldi from time to time. I think I have 500l between the two off a small shed roof.
They don't be long filling up when there's a shower.

I won't last long if you're watering a lawn (grass is remarkably resilient anyway) but for the fruit and veg it's a life saver without going near a tap.
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To be honest I think it's great news, there's way too much water being wasted hosing down a garden which does very little to benefit plants anyway. All established lawns and plants will recover anyway, and newly planted plants are much better served by applying a full watering can (rose removed) directly to the roots two or three times a week.
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I don't care what they say. I'll play with my hosepipe anytime I feel like it l.
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30-06-2018, 12:22   #9
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To be honest I think it's great news, there's way too much water being wasted hosing down a garden which does very little to benefit plants anyway. All established lawns and plants will recover anyway, and newly planted plants are much better served by applying a full watering can (rose removed) directly to the roots two or three times a week.
Good advice there. Also you should consider a couple of water butts for the future. We’ve got 2 and are still using them for vulnerable plants especially those in tubs.
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Grass is a very resilient plant, a few weeks of little or no rain will be fine, don't waste expensively treated water on it
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I have an automatic watering system for all the hanging baskets and pots. Does this have to be turned off during the hosepipe ban?
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30-06-2018, 12:27   #12
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I've used about half my water butt. Could have done with a second one but this weather is not normal.
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I have an automatic watering system for all the hanging baskets and pots. Does this have to be turned off during the hosepipe ban?

Technically, probably yes
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I have an automatic watering system for all the hanging baskets and pots. Does this have to be turned off during the hosepipe ban?
If you have those little drip feed spikes inserted in the compost I would call that very sensible water management
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