Water shortages and hosepipe bans are again a hot topic, as hope pipe bans began in parts of England today, which is unwelcome news to gardeners everywhere.
Whether it’s due to global warming or a lack of reservoirs, our gardens will suffer unless we do our part.
You’ll be pleased to know that there’s something everyone can do to help conserve water, the solution comes in the form of water butts and composting.
A water butt will catch any water which runs off the roof of your house, garage, shed, greenhouse or any surface which is exposed to the elements.
Water butts come in a range of styles and sizes, so you’re sure to be able to find one which will fit your needs.
As well as catching rain water, you could think about catching ‘grey’ water, this is water from showers, baths and basins. While it won’t do your precious seedlings any good, it will help to keep your lawn lovely and green. (To catch any grey water, you will need a divertor as well as a water butt.)
Along with collecting rainwater, turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, you can also use some household waste to help your compost retain as much water as possible, so you won’t need to get the hosepipe out so often.
You may already have a compost bin or a compost heap full of garden waste, however you can add household waste, such as; fruit and vegetable peelings, dead flowers, newspapers and cardboard to your compost.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.
‘Greens’, such as lawn cuttings, fruit, vegetables and plants all contain moisture and ‘browns’, things like cardboard, newspapers and egg boxes all absorb water.
Adding this is as mulch to your flower beds and borders will help your compost retain as much water as possible, meaning you need to water it less.
An important point to remember when making your own compost is to never use dog waste or cooked food.
Composting and using water butts is very easy and requires very little time or effort on your part.
To see our full range of Water Butts and Compost bins, visit our Compost Bins page.