It looks like we are finally waving goodbye to Winter and welcoming Spring with open arms. With it brings days of sunshine and brand new jobs for the garden, one of which will be watering and I’ve teamed up with Gardena to get my allotment and greenhouse ready for a productive year ahead.
As you all know we are going to be so busy this year setting up shop at various garden shows which means both the back garden and the allotment plots will be put on the back burner for a while. We aren’t too worried about the weeds, it doesn’t take long to sort them out after all, but it’s the weather that we can’t control which could be devastating to our crops. Plants really only need two things, sunshine and water, both are vital to creating a strong and happy plant so to put our minds at rest we’ve kitted out the greenhouse with a Gardena Micro-Drip Irrigation system which we’ve tailored to both our needs and the needs of the plants inside. It’s something we’ve been meaning to do for a while now and it’s going to make our life so much easier. When we’re away working we won’t need to worry about the greenhouse being watered because it will all be set up to do it automatically. There’s a Gardena Easy Control Computer which attaches to the tap, here you can set up timers to drip feed your plants whilst you are away and not have the worry of seedlings withering in the heat. Each drip head is adjustable so you can control the water flow going to each individual plant. Which is perfect if like us, you have tomatoes and cucumbers in the same greenhouse and we all know how thirsty tomatoes can be!
It took me less than half an hour to complete the set up and I am so pleased with how it looks. Each drip head was easy to assemble, all you need to do is make sure you have the measurements correct so you can cut the supply pipe to match the spacings between each plant. We drilled a small hole in the side of the greenhouse where the supply pipe exits, this will be buried under the grass so we don’t run over it with the lawn mower. It’s then attached to the hose pipe using a Gardena Master Unit which has a handy filter inside, which is then attached to the tap. And that’s that! Our greenhouse now has a fully working irrigation system and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll be attaching the computer to the tap later next week before we head off to the RHS Malvern Spring show so we can set the timers up, hopefully the sun is here to stay!
Watering up the allotment is a completely different story and one I’ve always dreaded. We have 3 water taps on our site to cater for over 40 plots and my plot happens to be at the edge of the site with 4 bends to get to the nearest tap. It can take me up to 20 minutes to set up the allotment ready for watering and after lugging about the heavy hose pipe my arms are nearly dropping off!
My new Gardena Aquaroll hose trolley is going to make everything a lot easier, no more aching arms and no more wasted time setting everything up. Now I can wheel my hose down to the tap, connect it and then pull the pipe out and along the pathways up to my plot. Not only is it easy to transport but it has some handy storage solutions too and this appeals to me a great deal. The extra stability kick stand folds back and the adjustable handle slides down making it smaller and easier to store away. For someone who has a tiny shed full to the brim with bits and bobs this is a must have!
I also chose the Gardena Comfort Bed Sprayer to attach to my hose pipe and what attracted me to it the most was the large head. It will make light work of my larger vegetable beds and the flower border plus the spray can be changed to focused or fanned, light or hard etc. The trigger can also be locked in place which is handy and will prevent my hand getting cramp during those hot Summer months.
Everything is in place and both the greenhouse and the allotment are ready for the growing year ahead. The garden has suddenly burst into life and we’re due a little heatwave this bank holiday weekend so hopefully it’s the start of many.
Don’t let your garden get caught out with the sun, here are a few of my favourite watering tips and I’d love to hear some of yours too!
My Top Watering Tips:
- Water late in the evening or early in the morning. This was less water will evaporate and the plants will have enough time to supply themselves before the sun takes it.
- It’s best to water rarely but thoroughly rather than little and often. Give your plants a good soaking every few days instead of a sprinkling every day, this way the water can reach deep down into the roots where it is most needed.
- Irregular watering can cause stress on the plants and you can end up with split or cracked root crops. Watering too little can cause bolting, powdery mildew on the leaves and diseases such as blossom end rot on crops such as tomatoes. Whereas over watering can increase slug and snail problems (then it’s best to call in the frogs!)
- Try and keep the leaves dry, if they become too wet they can become diseased. If left wet during sunny periods then leaves can develop burn marks.
- Direct your water at the base of the plants where they need it the most. A soft spray gun or a drip feed irrigation system would be best as you don’t want to uncover and expose the roots.
- Different plants need different amounts of water. Generally the bigger the fruit or vegetable being produced the more water the plant will need.
- Containers are prone to drying up quickly, especially if you use peat compost so remember to water these more regular!
- Weeds are hungry little things so try and keep areas free of thirsty weeds.
List of the products used above:
Gardena Micro-drip irrigation in the greenhouse:
- Gardena Supply Pipe 4.6mm 15 metres https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/micro-drip/supply-pipe-4-6-mm-3-16/900909501/
- Gardena Pipe pegs 4.6mm x 2 packs of 10 https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/micro-drip/pipe-pegs-4-6-mm-3-16/900906201/
- Gardena Adjustable inline drip head x 2 packs of 10 https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/micro-drip/adjustable-inline-drip-head/901167101/
- Gardena Adjustable endline drip head https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/micro-drip/adjustable-endline-drip-head/900914801/
- Gardena Master Unit 1000 https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/micro-drip/unit-1000/900909901/
- Gardena Water Computer Easy Control https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/water-controls/easycontrol/967280301/
Watering up the allotment:
- Gardena Hose Trolley Aquaroll M Set https://www.gardena.com/uk/products/watering/hose-reel/hose-trolley-aquaroll-m/967675001/
- Gardena Comfort Bed Sprayer https://www.gardena.com/int/products/watering/garden-sprayer/comfort-bed-sprayer/967632701/
This post has been sponsored by Gardena, but all opinions are my own.