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Water in the Organic Garden

The water in your garden definitely dictates the form of your garden.

I have both very wet and very dry areas of the garden.

My white walls are baked in sunshine and are surrounded by dark boggy areas that are always sodden with heavy clay soil.

You don’t realise how much you come to rely on water until there’s a lack of it or too much of it.

Most of the year I’m worrying about flooding and trying not to step on the grass. The rest of the year I’m checking the weather report obsessively wondering when it’s going to rain.

My husband says…

“Ever since you became a gardener you’re either complaining about the sun or the rain – I you’re never happy!

I beg to differ.

In this current climate of climate change I now need to worry about both drought and deluges in the summer months.

Read on to see what I’m doing to prepare.

Preparing for drought

Creating drought-tolerant summer pots

I used to have lots of plastic windoboxes full of thirsty and hungry petunias adorning the sides of the house, but I found ALL my time was taken up WORRYING and WATERING these beasties.

This year I’ve got fewer windowboxes and am using ones which are ceramic or zinc.

I’m also choosing plants that don’t mind a bit of neglect or can handle some drought, so I’m thinking of lavender, sage and other Mediterranean plants.

Maybe a trailing bright orange Nasturtium and purple Calibrachoa?

I’m also going to move my Lemon Balm out of its terracotta pot as this is the first plant in the garden to dry up and sulk.

Planting drought-resistant vegetables

I’m also growing more brassicas (no tomatoes- murr!!!) that are more resilient like cabbage and kale.

I’ll keep any lettuce I have close to the house for easy watering.

Preparing for deluge

The best way to preserve water is to improve the soil. So I’ll also be adding more organic matter to the soil.

I’ll also be adding to my compost heap and hot bins.

Adding a water source for wildlife

I’ve already repurposed a sand pit into a large pond, but still had this patio bucket pond.

It’s now nestled into the ground in the butterfly garden with some stones from the kids. I’m hoping the Rudbeckia and Mexican daisy will grow up around it.

A pond has not only been great for the wildlife, but great for me to keep the kids entertained too!

Have you adapted your gardening plans this year to accommodate the climate?

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