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Anyone watering their garden this weekend?

I'm not only worried about the recent frost but also the lack of April rain so far, and what is forecast for the rest of the month.

My star jasmine and Pyracantha look and feel very dry, so I'm considering giving them and other bits and pieces a good water this morning. Am I mad? 


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 883
    It’s does seem odd when it’s also so cold. We’ve already started our summer habit of reusing all our washing up water. Our pots of tulips and daffodils were looking quite sad, I never usually water them at all. I’ve also been giving plants we moved in the Autumn some. 
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  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Yes, I will be! My Trachelospermum and my roses have already been watered a couple of times, plus some newly planted perennials that I don't want to lose. The garden is dry as dust. This plus the frost damage  :'(
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,261
    I've been watering pots for weeks and have also now turned on seeper hoses for the borders - but remembering to turn off at night so the pipe doesn't freeze.
    In over 30 years gardening here it's not something I've ever had to do before at this time of year.
    It's rare to even get a frost here usually - but sub zero temps every night for weeks.
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  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,200
    I’m thinking of waiting until tomorrow to water the garden, we’re going to have a temperature of -2 again in the night. My garden definitely needs to be watered, especially the new plants and the ones that have been moved.
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    Been watering our pots for a month now and doing the garden once or twice a week too.  We have had no proper rain for about two months now.  That’s becoming the norm sadly.  

    Our water butts are empty and we are reusing old dish water.  
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 747
    This US website says keeping plants well watered during a cold spell is helpful.

    "Water in plant cells acts as an insulator, cushioning the plant cell wall and protecting it from the damaging effects of a freezing night. Water also increases the soil’s ability to retain heat from the sun, insulating the plant’s roots and protecting them from harm...

    A thorough soaking the day before a freezing night should provide enough moisture to keep most plants from feeling the effects of a frost. When watering plants to prevent frost damage, do so early in the day, as soon as the temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit." (4°C)

    I've been doing the above, plants look ok.
  • historymanhistoryman Posts: 125
    Worrying times - no rain - my water buts are now empty . I have been saving my water from cooking vegetables. So I don't give my pots a shock with cold water from taps I stock water in any container in greenhouse to get chill off, and water around early afternoon. 
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 640
    Yes, I watered the front and back gardens with the hose this week. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,117
    Sprinkler hose on the rose garden this morning because we've finally prepped and sown the lawn part of it but no rain for ages and none in view the next 10 days.

    Been watering plants in pots for about 3 weeks now and also the shrubs and trees that have been planted out either last autumn or the beginning of March.   Currently have teh sprinkler on a north facing bed along the ruin wall so I can get in and weed this pm and then move in the snowdrops from another bed.
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  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I've been watering for a month or so.
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