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Hello. Thanks for gardeners world most helpfull and imformative, such a lot of helpfull imfomation and lots of good tips thank you. i live in tenerife and at the moment it is extreamly hot 8-30 am 98f rest of the day up to 112f plus a sorroco very strong hot wind, it plays havoc with plants trees ect is it ok douce the foliage ect as well as getting to the roots? thank you redreg97.
very useful,informative and easy peasy to understand for beginners like me!!!thankyou
No. 3, Genius, never seen this before, I wonder if there is a product designed for the job? No. 7, Water-retaining granules. I can highly recommend RainGel products from I have used them for years and they massively reduce the amount of watering need in baskets and pots. Good for you and the environment.
REALLY GOOD TIPS.............i diddn't think you could re-use your water for so much different things =)


How harmful is the fluoride and/or chlorine in tap water?
hi is there a of knowing how much to water i'm very new to this as in 3 weeks old i have made a rockery and bought from local garden stores and centers plants that love the sun bit of water now and then, i also bought some that flower in baskets, someone said stick your finger in and see how moist it is.

ta digger
You can buy a nozzle to fit onto an empty lemonade bottle, just screws on, which you then poke in the ground. I've cut a hole in the bottom to both fill and allow the water out.
Tricia Muddyboots

Mr Raspberry, very good idea but you don't need to buy nozzles.  Just put the screw top back on and make a TINY hole in the bottle near the top.  I use two bottles (with their bottoms cut out as you say) for each vulnerable shrub.

what fantastic ideas so helpful.

thanks Linda.


Easy way to ensure plants get water is to cut the top off a plastic bottle and place this in container/hanging basket. Much cheaper than using flower pots. Plus you are recycling plastic.
I have a soak-away hose around my garden and it is attached to a timer so it can be used during a hosepipe ban. Tomatoes should be planted in a bottomless pot , which encourages the water seeking roots to grow downwards. Fit a rain-saver to all gutter down pipes to collect rainwater.

I am fortunate in that the down pipe in my front garden serves to houses and I have arranged to put all this water into my garden 

I have 2 tomato plants in greenhouse in pots using a watering system ,I wondered if I have them placed too close together as the leaves at the bottom of plants seem to be getting reddish markings on them also do I need to feed them even though they only have flowers on yet, none of the  flowers have set yet.I have heating on in my greenhouse.The plants are touching each other.

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