Gardening during the drought

Gardening during the drought
July 13, 2018 Alex Bradley

Gardening during the Drought

The wonderful weather is most welcome after the interminable length of last Winter. It is hard to believe that we are now short of water. All is not lost however for us keen gardeners. Here are some useful tips.

  1. While there is a hose pipe ban in place you are not prohibited from filling a watering can in the sink and watering your most at risk plants
  2. When watering the best time is to water in the evening as there will be less evaporation
  3. Water the base of plants not the leaves nor flowers
  4. Place saucers under all your pots, both to conserve water and plants actually prefer to absorb water through capillary action
  5. Take a look at our Elho loft pots which have a built-in water reservoir
  6. If possible move your pots temporarily out of the full sun while the heatwave lasts.
  7. While your grass may look pretty miserable it will recover quickly once normal weather patterns return.
  8. If planting up containers use water retaining crystals in the soil.
  9. Take down your hanging baskets and sit the base sitting in a bucket of water overnight.
  10. Continue to feed your plants as this will help them get the best out of the available water.
  11. Lay a mulch around the base of your plants. Mulch ideally should be 7.5cm (3”) in depth. For it to be most effective water the base of the plant before laying the mulch. We recommend Composted bark.

We are frequently asked for recommendations on plants who enjoy this dry weather. There are many options among plants which actually love these dry conditions. You can choose from:-

Buxus, Hebe, Lavender, Succulents & cacti & sedum, Grasses, Geraniums, Perovskia, Verbena, Eryngimum, Centaurea, Sidalcea, Rosemary & Thyme, Erigeron,  Agapanthus, Erysimum, Euphorbia, Agastache, Echinacea, Rudbeckia.

Join us on Friday July 20th and Saturday July 28th for our Drought Condition Garden Class with Marie Staunton. Places filling fast!

For more information or gardening advice pop in to see us in Malahide, call us on 01 531 2020 or email info@thegardenhouse.ie