Water wise gardening

Book cover of the water-wise gardenIn the dry plains of Canterbury it can feel like we’re endlessly watering our gardens in summer.

Here’s some water wise tips:

  • Thickly mulch your garden.
  • Plant dry-tolerant plants in dry areas of your garden.
  • Keep a bucket under your kitchen tap to collect all your waste water from rinsing crockery etc and hand washing. As long as you empty it often it’s not a health hazard. I find it’s great for watering container plants and seedlings.
  • Water in the cool parts of the day: morning and evening.
  • Hand watering uses less water than forgotten sprinkler watering.
  • Bury water bottles/buckets with holes in the bottom next to thirsty plants. Fill them with water and walk away.

Book cover of Dryland Gardening

Come in from the heat and get some water wise gardening books at our libraries, we also have gardening e-resources available through our website and lots of information on saving water.

The council has some more water conservation tips and you can share your tips with others in the comments below.


PressDisplay – unlimited access and joy

showimage.aspxOne of our most popular electronic resources PressDisplay has been a victim of its own success for some time now. In the morning between 7am and 9am people were getting turned away from the site as it was simply too busy. Apparently lots of you like to read the Press over your Weetbix in the morning and it was overloading the system!

Luckily we have been granted a wonderful New Year’s gift with unlimited access now available to PressDisplay. No more turnaways, no more disappointments – just online newsy happiness to be had by all! Well, as much happiness that the news can ever bring …

All you need is to be in a library or access it from home with your library card number and password/PIN

Keep informed and keep reading!

PS: In case you haven’t noticed PressDisplay has added over 800 online magazines to its title collection including NZ Fishing World, Top Gear (UK), Healthy Food Guide (NZ), Cross Stitch … Joy!