Recycling will keep the gar­den look­ing good

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Mary Wall.

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