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No rain here for ages and thinking maybe I should drench the garden.Young plants still in pots being watered of course but what about established ? All now putting on growth - at which point does one get the sprinkler out ?My Dad always was of the opinion "make 'em struggle roots will go down to find moisture" All very well and do agree to an extent but he never lived in my area.Advice please.
I'm not watering anything yet, except recently planted trees. The flower beds and lawns are looking fine, and I wouldn't consider watering unless plants looked like they were suffering. Lawns I tend to let suffer a bit anyway as they are fairly tough and bounce back.I think it depends on how your garden is looking. We've not had rain for ages, but prior to the dry spell the ground had been fairly waterlogged so the water table is probably still quite high.
Thanks ES. My thinking too but just needed to be told !!
Your dad was right!!!!Here in Cornwall we have not had rain for a while but if you dig down a little bit it is quite damp.I only water the tiny seedlings in the garden as they can dry out quickly in our light soil but all the established plants fend for themselves with just an occasional liquid foliar feed in the summer and a good dressing of Bone Meal in the spring during showery weather.All my shrubs are well mulched and this really pays off as it keeps the moisture in and keeps weeds down.
You live in Cornwall and it hasn't rained for a while - assume you mean the last week !
Got back from Cornwall this afternoon after an amazing few sun-drenched days - extraordinary in my experience!Re watering: I visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the book tells me that in the olden days, they had very little access to water but by careful digging in of various "stuff", manure, seaweed etc, the ground absorbed the winter rains and then released it when needed without the need for extra. Wouldn't I like to be able to do that!
well i have 4 waterbutts and they are all empty. my grass is no longer green, looking fairly straw like, and the soil under the grass is cracking, am trying my best to salvage as much water as i can from running the hot tap till hot water comes out, using eco washing up liquid so i can use that, and bubble less baths - and we hardly ever have a bath preferring showers, but i desperately need the water for my veggies, and some of younger shrubery is wilting.I so want the rain, and hopefully it will come tomorrow - wedding day - and saturday.
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