Recycling will keep the garden looking good
MARY Wall of the Delgany and District Horticultural Society, said that managing a garden during the heatwave can be done with a little work and recycling.
‘I have a big plastic trough outside the back door. Every time I wash up a cup and saucer or something I put the water out there. And a little bit of fairy liquid won’t do the plants any harm,’ she said.
‘If you have a shower in your bath, put the plug in and ladle the water out to use for watering. Some people might do a small amount of laundry in the sink, again that is fine to use in the garden. It’s a bit of work, but it you’re a gardner, you’ll do it.’
As far as the lawn is concerned though, all that can be done really is leave it be. ‘It has been suggested that you can use a watering can, but grass will grow back. You’ll notice in the grass, that the moss is all burnt off, but the weeds are still there!
Mary had hydrangeas in her own garden, but she isn’t watering them. They take too much and they will go back.
She said that it isn’t really possible to get out to do as much in the garden as you might normally at this time of year. ‘I go out in my hat and do a little bit,’ she said.
There is weeding to be done, and things to be cut back, but the work is too hot and heavy, depending on a person’s age and tolerance for heat. ‘The only thing growing is the weeds!’ said Mary.
Normally this is a time for harvesting, and tending to things planted earlier in the year, like tomatoes or peppers.
Mary said that she would prioritise water for such things.
She said that her colleague in DDAHS, Trevor Stephenson, is very fortunate to have a stream running by his garden – a wonderful source for watering.
As part of the recent rose show, the judge remarked that the sweet peas in competition on the day were clearly stressed by drought. There would normally be five flowers, where there were generally four here, and more space between them.
Despite the challenges of heatwave gardening, Mary said that it won’t last forever. ‘I’d take the weather before the lawn!’ she said.