Many give their garden lots of tender loving care but due to the recurrent, serious problem with water shortages in Southern England there in an ever increasing pressure on the gardener to conserve water which results in there being not enough water to nourish the plants.

There are gardeners with a water butt on every downpipe and still do they not have enough water for the garden. The result is brown lawns and wilted flowers. Hosepipe bans are not the solution. It is time everyone, councils and governments included, make the effort to consider the water shortage issue.

It is not only a problem for gardeners in the south and east of England. It is a worldwide concern. Did you know gardeners in California are painting their brown grass green?


So what can gardeners do? Gardeners need to embrace an ecofriendly life style. We must reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can.

Look on the internet and advice is there:

  • Place plants with similar water needs together.
  • Choose drought resistant plants.
  • Remember containers and hanging baskets need daily watering.
  • Using horticultural rockwool in the bottom of pots can prevent the water draining away too  quickly.
  • Plants with large leaves loose moisture quickly so research and then use plants with can cope with less water.
  • Silver leaves reflect the sun's rays; succulents retain water; waxy, feathery or hairy leaves need less watering.
  • Do your research and find the best plants for the sunny, shaded or rain shadow areas of the garden.
  • Water the plants in the morning or evening so waste through evaporation is less.         
  • Water for longer but less frequently to encourage the plants to grow deeper roots.     
  • Water at the base of the plant rather than using a sprinkler
  • Cut the base off old plastics bottles and place at the roots of plants
  • Use irrigation systems like those with soaker hose.

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The watering the garden issue has reached Qatar. On Sunday 8th November 2015 The Sunday Times reported, “In a drive to save energy and cut costs, the government has run campaigns to stop people using their free supply of drinking water to clean their cars…or water gardens.”

However, it was noted that unless there are incentives then people will not stop doing such things and why should they when alternatives are not readily available?

But there is a source of water available! Are you old enough to remember the long hot summer of ’76?

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Because of hosepipe bans people resorted to collecting their dishwater or shower water and throwing it on their gardens. This is called greywater recycling, however the better name for it is water re-use. Systems have been developed for Australia, South Africa and the USA but the water can only be used to irrigate the garden as it is produced.

The Garden Hippo (pat pending) has been developed for the European market. Along with rain water, water from the bath/shower and kitchen/laundry is diverted to the tank where it is filtered and treated and used to water the garden.



When the Garden Hippo is used regularly, the waste water is saved on demand and used within a few hours so the treated water is not given a chance to stagnate. The formulation of the treatment is such that it can be used on the garden. Not only does it deal with bath and shower water it breaks down kitchen waste water working on fats and cooking oils reducing offensive odours and bacteria proliferation.

The Garden Hippo is the ONLY solution which saves the average household 250 litres per day by recycling household greywater. It is significantly more effective than solutions sold abroad. It is low cost, easy to fit and simple to use.

The Garden Hippo helps households to reduce, re-use and recycle their water so have a free supply for the garden. We recycle food, paper and cardboard, plastic and glass – so why not water? Well, if you are already using a water butt then the Garden Hippo is the next step.

Water Butts run dry when there is no rain. The Garden Hippo enables the householder to collect rainwater and have a constant supply of water for the garden on demand. We are always creating household waste water so divert it to the Garden Hippo and use it on the garden.

Gardeners do not need mains water on their garden. Plants can thrive on re-used water. Re-used water contains nutrients and products that can be beneficial. Liquid detergents are better for the garden; they contain less sodium. Soaps enable the water to penetrate more deeply into the soil.

The Garden Hippo is a low cost system. It comes with its own filters, pump and diverters so unwanted water is easily diverted to the sewer. The recommended retail price is £680. It is easy to fit especially if houses have the waste pipes outside of the house. If pipes are inside the house, then a plumber may be required. Be aware every house is different. The Garden Hippo gives choices on which source of water to save and when. The system sits next to the house so there is no disruptive digging required.

The Garden Hippo helps save water, save money and save time. It can be used in conjunction with timer and irrigation systems. If the problem of water shortage is really going to be tackled, we have to start using solutions now. The future is water recycling. 

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