Showering helps save water, why not re-use it for the garden?

For three weeks now, we have been syphoning the water from our showers to fill the water butt. There are three of us in the house, thats almost a bath full each day!

With no rain in sight we started filling the 100l waterbutt from the bath and use it all each day!

Friends were surprised the garden isn’t dead, “what about shampoo and shower gel, won’t that kill the plants?” they said.

Well three weeks on and the answer is a resounding NO! Always best to speak from experience, although I knew it wouldn’t.

We bought a new pump for £40 (mainly because the old one was very slow) which empties the bath in a few seconds and a new tap for the waterbutt which fills the watering can much faster. We already had the pipe. These little changes have made the whole chore of watering a lot easier.

I have never used a hose to water my garden, all those years working in garden centres means I cringe at the sight of a hose! Watering cans are much faster, they are more accurate and you can feed the plants at the same time.

When I re-designed the garden, I wanted more planting and less grass, by which I mean none! We opted for decking and extended the borders all round. We have 20 pots on the deck which means a lot of watering. I keep most of them in saucers in the summer which helps save water and plant food. This summer I have even had to water some of the well established plants in the borders.

Tips for watering.

  • Water early in the morning, or in the evening, when the sun has gone down.
  • Use a watering can and feed your plants regularly.
  • Put a bucket under hanging baskets to collect the overflow, why waste the water and the plant food.
  • Put saucers under pots in summer to keep them moist for longer.

Don’t waste your time and water using sprinklers on lawns and flower beds!

The grass will grow back quickly with the first sniff of rain, and you can cause more damage to plants with sprinklers as the water doesn’t get straight to the roots rather it acts as a lens and can cause the sun to burn the foliage.