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Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Making my garden waterwise

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Credit: Julie G

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Last time we talked about making changes in our houses as part of our Save Water challenge. But as we saw, the average Aussie household uses 44 per cent of their water on their gardens - so I think we've got room for improvement there!

I'm gradually changing my own garden to be more waterwise. Here's where I'm at so far:

  • Section of roses replaced by kangaroo paws (with lovely golden flowers!) and removed from reticulation
  • Section of roses and hibiscus still on sprinklers, but well mulched and only watered on days allowed by WA's water restrictions
  • Section with fruit trees, lavender and rosemary had sprinklers replaced with more efficient drip irrigation
  • Vegie patch has drip irrigation and is hand-watered as well
  • Lawn with sprinklers - we keep ripping it up to plant more vegies!

My goal is to keep the reticulation just for productive plants like fruit, vegetables and herbs. I'd like the rest of the garden to be able to survive with just rainfall. Since starting this challenge, I've been researching the best way to hand-water too - I want to get the most value out of the least amount of water.

What I've found is that being waterwise in your garden is about planning ahead - don't plant things that need more rain than is usual in your area, and make the most of the water you do add. This type of gardening is called xeriscaping, and as usual Gardening Australia has very good information on that. G Magazine has also done quite a few articles on water-wise gardening too, well worth checking out if you're trying to reduce that 44% from your water bill!

And yet there's still more that you can do - in my next post, I'll be looking into rainwater tanks and greywater systems.