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Can you keep plants alive during a garden hose ban? Well, yes, actually you can.

We have teamed up with Sprout’s Creative Director Hollie Newton will share her top tips for gardening in times of drought.

It’s hot, it’s not raining and now watering bans are being introduced across the country.

But it’s not all bleak for the garden, as Hollie explains: “This year, a scorched lawn is like a badge of honor and we should wear it with pride. We are all doing our part for the environment by not watering the lawn. The great thing about a lawn is that it will bounce back as soon as it starts raining again.

Choose your battles

Gardening in drought is all about picking your battles. “Mature trees and shrubs will withstand a drought, but it’s the container plants that need a helping hand,” says Hollie.

“You may not be able to keep everything alive, so focus on your large, expensive plants and water them by hand with a watering can.”

Watering the plants by hand using a watering can

Save water

“Go for the 1950s style and save as much water as possible in the kitchen,” says Hollie. “You can use the water from the boiled potatoes – let it cool down first. Similarly, the water from the washing up bowl is also fair game. As long as you only use normal washing up liquid, you can use it in the garden.You can also use the water in the bathtub, again, as long as you only use normal soap, you can use it in the garden.

The only water you should not use in the garden is water that contains bleach, disinfectants, or similar chemicals. You can use water from the kitchen or bathroom on any ornamental plants in the garden. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) advises against using this water on edible crops.

person pouring water on a clear drinking glass
Reuse your kitchen water in the garden

Rethink your garden

Longer term, Hollie suggests thinking about the type of plants you grow. “Let’s face it, we’re going to have more summers like this, with hot, dry weather, so we gardeners have to look plants which do not need a lot of water. Mediterranean plants are well equipped to deal with this kind of weather, so things like palms, cacti, lavender, rosemary, santolina, ceanothus, cistus and mugwort – to name a few. to name a few – are all good choices for gardens.

There are also a few tricks when it comes to establishing plants, as Hollie explains: “Instead of watering new plants little and often, give them a really good soak less often. This encourages them to sink their roots deep to find water.

And finally Hollie adds: “Don’t cut down trees! It can be tempting to cut down trees when you move to a new place to give more space or sunlight, but trees are so good during a drought to provide much-needed shade – for us and our plants.

green plant on brown ground
Rethink your garden – what kinds of plants will grow in hot, dry weather?

More tips for gardening in times of drought

  • Group pots together and move them to shady spots to reduce watering needs.
  • Install a water collector to collect rainwater.
  • Focus on watering vegetables when they are in bloom for a good harvest.
  • stay on top weedingbecause weeds will compete with plants for water.

Lana T. Arthur