Menu
Lifestyle

Take these steps to conserve water in your garden

These tips ensure not a single drop of water will go to waste in your garden.
These tips ensure not a single drop of water will go to waste in your garden. amenic181

WE'RE now entering our driest time of the year, coming out of a warmer than average winter. So it is time to take some measures to improve water retention in our gardens. There are a few simple things we can do to ensure that our plants get the maximum benefit from every drop of water.

We rely solely on rainwater at our place, and I'm a real miser when it comes to water use.

I always plant with water crystals, except when planting out short-term things in the vegie garden.

All perennial herbs, shrubs, trees and grasses get a liberal dose of water crystals, soaked in seaweed solution to promote root development, at planting time.

Put the water crystals in a bucket and fill with water, including seaweed solution at half the normal dilution rate.

Within half an hour or so, the crystals will have absorbed much of the water and be ready to use.

Dig your hole a bit larger than normal, and throw a few handfuls of these jelly chunks in the bottom. Mix them into the soil at the bottom of the hole, then plant as normal.

Another of my favourite water-saving products is Eco-hydrate.

It contains a blend of organic humectants (water attractants) and soil-wetting agents, with added seaweed extract and plant growth stimulants.

Eco-hydrate reduces water use (on average by 50%) and plant stress. It's great for establishing seedlings, new plants and turf, as well as potted plants.

We use Eco-hydrate in the nursery, soaking potted plants in the solution to protect them from water stress. It makes a big difference. I use it at home when planting, and repeat every few weeks in the vegie garden during dry times.

Mulching is the other great water saver.

Every garden bed and every pot should be protected with a layer of mulch.

Organic sugar cane and lucerne are great for the vegie garden, and tea tree is excellent for general garden mulching.

I recommend that you feed the garden with an organic fertiliser before you mulch, water it in, then spread the mulch and water again.

Do your plants a favour, and help them to survive these dry times. You'll be amazed at how much you can improve the water efficiency of your garden by using a few simple techniques.

Topics:  gardening tips green thumb maree curran



Rubbish truck's load catches alight

A J.R. Richards and Sons rubbish truck container caught alight on the Pacific Highway.

Fire in skip bin causes traffic hold ups

Coffs sisters battle it out on My Kitchen Rules

Sisters Georgie, 25, and Alicia, 30 from Coffs Harbour will compete in tonight's episode of My Kitchen Rules

Local sisters bring 'modern take' on Asian cuisine to national TV.

Sand set to fly at foreshores

PICTURE PERFECT: Plant life is about to come alive in the dunes near the Jetty boardwalk with the public asked to observe exclusions.

Work to begin again on revegetation of the dunes at Jetty Foreshores

Local Partners

‘Live maggots’ found in ALDI food

THE NSW woman was expecting a delightful dessert. Instead, she says she discovers live maggots wriggling in her food.

Poll shows 90% have considered a blockade

The Princes Freeway, from the Point Wilson overpass. Picture: Mitch Bear

"DO SOMETHING, do not just talk about it."

Coast snake-catcher has scarily close encounter

CLOSE CALL: Max Jackson's face-to-face with a snake.

VIDEO: Watch the moment a snake lands on the man's face

The four different types of drinkers

New research has found that there are four different types of drinkers.

Ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink?

Blitzes to continue despite industry concerns

NEXT ONE: NSW Police have announced a sequel to Operation Rolling Thunder.

"Drivers are absolutely fed up”

Beloved family pup baited in South Mackay

Staffordshire bull terrier Toby, who was allegedly baited in South Mackay on Friday.

Police investigating after pup given rat poison

Alice Springs is the new motoring mecca for testing

Hyundai i30 was tested at Alice Springs.

Alice Springs has becomes new test location for foreign carmakers.