Beat the Hosepipe Ban This Summer

Every year there are warnings of a hosepipe ban and it immediately strikes fear into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Vegetable plots, herb gardens and general plants are all under threat during a drought, and as many people out there have reached out to their garden to provide food, it is not just plants that are under threat; it is a way of life. But there are several things that you can do to beat the ban this summer.

Water storage has come a long way in the last few years and there are now several products that can help you conserve water, including the water butt. Almost 100,000 litres of rainwater falls on our roofs each year, so there is so much water that goes to waste. A water butt is a great way to harvest this waste water so that you have a ready source of water to keep your vegetables strong and healthy during the summer months, hosepipe ban or not.

Many people also reuse waste water from the home – to varying degrees. Some measures, including installing grey water systems, can be incredibly effective but they are also expensive and time consuming. Any water that has been used in the home, except water from toilets, is called grey water and some of it can be reused. Grey water systems, which are popular in the United States, capture water from sinks, showers, and washing machines then clean the water through filters. Once the water has been filtered you can safely use it on your garden. Other people just save the water that is already safe to use, like water used to boil potatoes, sweet corn and pasta. Once this water has cooled down it is immediately safe to use on your garden.

This summer beat the ban and save your plants with these handy water saving tips.

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