Garden well and still save water? You can do it!

4 Nov 2016

It’s tough out there folks. We have to save, save and save all the water we can! Harsh restrictions have been put in place by certain municipalities in South Africa. For me, this is an ideal opportunity to change our gardening ‘bad habits’ and, most importantly, to toughen up our plants!

Here are my top water wise gardening tips for surviving the water restrictions:


If you have to choose what to keep alive, then let the lawn go but please don’t dig it up. It’s far better to have dead grass covering and protecting the soil than nothing at all. Grass is the least of your worries when it comes to your garden. When the restrictions are lifted, it’s a simple day project to replace a dead lawn with instant lawn sods.[ux_image id=”3747″]

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Invest in the Gardena drill pump. It’s amazing and will take away all the hassle of distributing grey water to your garden beds. Remember – grey water (from your bath, for example) is a water wise must and your garden will love it.[ux_image id=”3843″]

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Take a 2-litre plastic bottle and turn it into a slow-release drip irrigation system for trees and large shrubs:

  • Using a cordless drill with a maximum of a 5mm drill bit, drill about twenty holes around the perimeter of the plastic bottle.
  • Bury the bottle alongside the plant with its neck sticking out of the soil.
  • Simply open the plastic lid and fill the bottle with water. The water is then released slowly and gently as the plant needs it. Simple and easy!

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  1. Thanx Tania.Your tips come at the right time.I made my garden as water saving friendly as possible. Yet on days like today I become so despondent. Keep encouraging us gardeners we enjoy hearing from u.

  2. Thank you very much for this water saving tip

  3. will try the bottle because the hot weather has hit the south coast. thank you

  4. thank you Tanya for the tip about the water bottle, my garden look like bottle city, but my plants get water now. have a great trip overseas.

  5. Us oldies are getting very sad in Somerset West as we watch our gardens die. Thank you Tanya for your inspiration and gardening tips. Will try anything you say! All the best for 2017.

  6. This really answered my problem, thanks!


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