It is summer weather here in Holland lately and has brought about my routine of conserving water. I am dedicating this entry to my wonderful friend Mary over at Across the Pond who is enduring some terrible heat at the moment in North Carolina.
Now we don't have drought restrictions here on our water but I still think it is important to conserve water in any possible way. Having my garden is important to me and I started using the tips I picked up on a couple of gardening shows. These are tips other than saving the rainwater in a barrel.
Use whatever water is left in your kitchen to water your plants. This can be water from boiling vegetables, eggs (I do love my medium boiled egg in an egg cup on the weekends!) or even too much water in a tea kettle. Just let this water cool off and pour it out on the plants.
Another tip was using the dishwater. It is fine to do this on any plants other than fruits and vegetables. So I throw my dishwater on my flowerbeds and use other water for my herbs and vegetables.
On one program, Christine Walkden from Christine's Garden, actually showed how she used a garden hose to siphon water from her bathtub to her garden while England was in the grips of a major drought. It was a humorous show and she laughed herself saying the trick was not to get a mouthful of the bathwater as she sucked on one end of the hose but it worked. She had a good bit of water for her garden without ignoring the 'hosepipe ban'.
It is easy to do these things which not only save water for the planet but pennies in our wallets. Once you start, it becomes second nature to do. Do you have any other tips about watering your plants?
I wanted to share a few more blooms lately from my garden at Cranberry Cottage. The Aquilegia or Granny's Bonnets have seeded themselves all over the garden this year. I will be trying to carry some of the seedlings over to another area of the garden this year. Our rose arbour that we put in last year has its first double flowering clematis in bloom. I put a wisteria on one side and two clematis on the other. One of the two clematis is still quite small but has this pretty blossom with promise of a few more soon while the other seems to be struggling in the heat. I still hope it will do well after the watering from this weekend. We had not only perfect weather with clear blue skies this weekend but the joy of the company of birds. I will share more about that in my next entry.....