Summer savers: Three tips to take on board

Summer savers: Three tips to take on board
16 May 2013

It’s going to be a scorcher this year – and unless you want to pay a small fortune in water bills, your garden won’t be quite as lush as it has been.

We asked Dan the Desert Gardener for his top three tips on keeping your garden fresh throughout the summer – but without ending up with huge bills.

On irrigation, he says;

Save water from your household chores and used it for your thirstiest pots and plants. Rinsing water from the washing up – or a bucket of water saved from your shower works well. If you have split A/C units, collect the condensation water in buckets and use that. It’s an excellent source!

On foliage, he says;

You can’t sit outside much, so bring greenery into your home environment. Plants like orchids bloom for weeks and require very little care or water, but they can liven up the place beautifully. Ultimately, garden season is from the beginning of September to the end of May, so over the summer, don’t stress too much about things.

On soil care, he says;

Make your own compost – the summer is the best time as the heat breaks everything down really fast. Save all grass clippings and veggie peel etc. In a discreet corner of your garden, simply dump it and cover it over with a large black trash bag. Weight the bag down with bricks to stop it blowing away and keep adding to the pile beneath. it will make fantastic compost.

Got any great summer gardening tips that don’t cost a fortune? Please share them with us here.

Comments

  • nima
    nima
    2013-05-22T16:56:09

    I put the bath plug in before having a shower & use the water for the plants. Am sure everyone who knows thinks I'm the ultimate miser! But it's about money, yes, and reducing waste. In a country where water is more expensive than petrol am not budging on that one... Question: is it as simple as that? re compost - been contemplating buying one of those compost plastic bucket thingies...

  • nima
    nima
    2013-05-22T16:57:11

    Could you please let me know what sorts of veg is best to plant here? and when?

  • joanna
    joanna
    2013-05-22T19:54:48

    I asked that too. Apparently, a compost heap is a compost heap, whether it's in a fancy bucket or not.. The thing that is useful is the bucket device that ferments the leftovers/veggie peel etc and you then drain off the water to feed your plants. A friend of mine has one and she says her eggplants and tomatoes love it!

  • joanna
    joanna
    2013-05-22T19:55:37

    Best veg are chillis, egg plant, tomatoes, sweet potato and potato, bell peppers, limes, okra. You can also grow basil, mint, rosemary, chives and more - will get back to you on the rest..

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