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Trying to beat the drought without using water...

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Hi everybody, sorry its been a long time between blogs, not a lot going on around here except trying my hardest to hang on in here, no doubt I’m not the only one but boy its a very long time since we had any rain. I know there isn’t a ban on using the hosepipe but it seems irresponsible to keep using it so I am saving every drop of grey water that I can..

As you can see the lawn nearest to the house is patchy and not too dry, I’ve been carrying every drop of dirty water and pouring it gently over every night once the sun goes around, every little helps doesn’t it.
Further down its mainly corn coloured but I know it will bounce back and at least I’m not having to keep cutting it..

Frustration got the better of me at the end of last week, its absolutely impossible to dig the beds and borders, the ground is packed solid, only thing I did manage was to dig up my new Chrysanths and returned them to the pots, poor things were barely alive, I have cut them right back and they are on my old patio table under the apple tree in the shade, keeping company with my asters, sown from seed and I’m determined that I am not going to lose them…

In view of that fact I have many spaces to fill when the rain does return, so I took the bull by the horns and tackled the compost bins, three bins ready to use, a mucky job but one I don’t mind doing, might not get a fork in the ground but I didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t spread a layer of mulch around my plants..


The bed and border in front of top g’house now a good six inches of mulch spread around..


Next was the stumpery, my poor ferns were really wilting..
Before..

After

Then it was onto the raised bed at the bottom, I gave the hardy geraniums , hellebores and campanula a haircut with my trusty shears and it has received the same treatment..


Not all is lost I do have some flowers, you just have to find them, lol…

One more bin to tackle but it’s much too hot today. that will get done soon I hope, in the meantime,I can see my plants have perked up a bit with their extra covering, I’ll still keep hoping for rain and a respite from this heat, I just cannot take it anymore, enjoy your gardens folks even if it is from the coolness of ones house through the windows…

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I think I can 'snap' to your garden situation, Lincs..... A very green, edged lawn always seems to compliment the borders... but brown or dusty desert does nothing... Well done for carrying dirty water.... a tedious job, but every little helps. Today we had a few spots! Pray for more.

16 Jul, 2018

 

We had rain all day in Glasgow yesterday. It still wasn't enough after two months of dry weather. I love the sunny weather but I hate marching around with the watering can every day.

16 Jul, 2018

 

M'land someone on one of the FB gardening groups suggested a naked rain dance might work, I told her that if I tried that at my age I'd frighten the rain away for evermore, lol..I even have hubby and daughter being good and not letting the water go down the sink, now that is progress...

16 Jul, 2018

 

Linda it has even been too hot in my shady area's, when we do get a breeze its warm air, we aren't used to it are we, Kath who used to be on here (Scotcat) said it had been raining up there, and my brother who lives near Scarborough had a full days worth last week, I asked nicely for them to blow some our way, think it got lost somewhere on route.

16 Jul, 2018

 

Well that would be novel,Lincs……..thunder and lightening if I did one!

16 Jul, 2018

 

Wow Lincs,. I put some annual pinks in this Spring and they've been looking very despondent in spite of occasional watering but to day they are really smiling! You've really worked hard at that and its looking good (We're not looking at the grass..) We had some really good rain this morning, which is wonderful and such a relief -I hope you'll soon have some rain too.

16 Jul, 2018

 

Your garden is looking good and the mulching is a good idea. Must get some of mine of the compost heap. I've been hoarding it to use on a new planned rockery (mixed with rubble and sub-soil) but that's not progressing very fast! Your stumpery is lovely, I have to hide anything interesting in the root or wood line from OH as he thinks they ought to go up on the bonfire. Well done you for all that grey water carrying it's obviously working.

17 Jul, 2018

 

Well done Sue, I'm envious as I no longer have my 'Dalek' style compost bins which used to hold a lot. You've done a good job mulching. Like you, I am fed up with the heat now and only sit in the shade early or late in the day ...

17 Jul, 2018

 

I must admit I am still using my hosepipe on my front garden as it is all newly planted and cost a tidy sum! Saying that I'm only watering it once a day and hoping that will be enough. I'm getting fed up with the heat as well, and there is so much to do, but I can't do any of it in this heat. I also got rid of a lot of conifers last year, which left a lot of space. I'm a bit loathe to buy anything at the moment though as it would need more watering. Best to hold off until it gets a bit cooler.

17 Jul, 2018

 

Your garden is lovely, Lin, and looks good. As for all this jiggery pokery about naked rain dances, if I tried it there'd be a lot of jiggery and nothing else. Not a pretty sight! Still, we have the grey clouds, some of them quite dark, so perhaps, if we're very lucky.......

18 Jul, 2018

 

It has been HOT hasn't it :( I hope the much will help your plants.
You still have quite a few nice flowers.

18 Jul, 2018

 

You have put a huge amount of effort in to keep your plants as healthy and happy as is possible when every day is so dry and hot.
Your garden is a lovely one and has so much to admire.
The ferns really are hating it aren't they?
Suddenly I look out and something else is suffering!
Hydrangeas have been the latest.

19 Jul, 2018

 

Thankyou Stera, Shirley, Lisam, Abuthnot, Hywel, and W'rose, I have been out today and emptied my last bin, phew, jobs a goodun even if I do say so myself, that's all the beds replenished, although we still haven't had any rain, the plants have perked up a lot with the extra covering. I have also started planting my Asters out, with the good mulch and puddling in they have not wilted at all, nothing if not determined, that's me.....

19 Jul, 2018

 

Lincs you`ve done your garden proud its looking really good even with the odd brown patches on the lawns. Like you I`ve emptied one of our compost bins and mulched the bottom newly planted bed in an attempt to save some of the new plants but that is as far as I`ve got, being a redhead and an old one at that this weather does me in. Just keep praying for rain all of our four water butts are now dry.

20 Jul, 2018

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