By Hannah Zwartz, Green Gardener
As we enter the season of abundance (zucchini and beans anyone?) it becomes obvious how greatly plants need water, and how gratefully they respond. It’s the difference between a luxuriant lemon tree and a sad, twiggy one; or crisp, delicious lettuce and yellowing, bitter ones. For plants, water is their lifeblood.
Waterwise gardening doesn't mean not watering your garden. With the cost of water currently at around $1 per 1,000 litres, growing veges won't break the bank for most people. But it pays to think before you turn on the sprinklers. Target your watering: newly planted things need daily attention, especially in hot weather, while established shrubs and perennials should be more self-sufficient.
Sowing and planting:
Plant: Late beans, basil, zucchini, lettuce, red onions, leeks.
Sow: Carrots, beetroot, fennel (direct – water these well); kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower (in trays, protected from white butterflies), calendula, alyssum, lettuce, green manures (sprinkle seeds of lupin, phacelia, buckwheat or mustard into any bare spaces as you pull up summer crops.)
The Council Green Gardener, Hannah Zwartz, offers sustainable and waterwise gardening advice to local residents, community groups and schools.
Community Visits and workshops are free. Get together five friends or neighbours and invite the Green Gardener round.
Contact Hannah through the Council Service Desk 296 4700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org