What do you do? - A week in the life of Plantpassion
Border planting- Hiding a busy road without an evergreen hedge

A hosepipe ban, that'll hurt your border planting business won't it?

I'm in the business of Plants, and planting, and propagating, - So a lack of water, DROUGHT, when the water companies are forbidding you to use a hosepipe, that's a nightmare isn't it?

Well no, - not really.

You see my business is built on me knowing the right plant for the right place.

Advice that I give clients is always about plants that will thrive in the conditions thrown at them, not just survive. As a lot of my clients have very free draining chalk, that's pretty dry conditions anyway.

I've always told customers to install waterbutts, mulch soils, ensure water goes to the roots of the plants, not the leaves. Also water deeply, but not daily, and never bother wasting water on lawns


Even when planting borders, I've used drip irrigation, to prepare the soil,  and hand watering rather than overhead sprinklers.


With below average rainfall in 19 of the last 24 months here in the Southeast, - it's not suprising that the water companies need to do something. Maybe this season will finally teach people in the 'burbs that you don't need to leave your overhead sprinkler running every night, and that a green lawn isn't that important.

The HTA and waterwise have been lobbying on gardeners behalf, and 3 water companies have given exemption for drip irrigation, and they are discussing whether newly planted borders can be exempt (read the whole article here)

In the meantime, - if you havn't already got waterbutts on every downpipe, greenhouse and shed, then now is the time to do it, and don't forget to raise them high enough to get a watering can under the tap.



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As you say the important thing is to plan ahead. Plant the correct plants, collect the water you can, and re-use any possible water from the house.

We will be heavily mulching the borders too this year. should help conserve what water we can get on the plants.

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