As seems to be the norm these days the weather is all over the place. After record temperatures in February and a mini drought April has started with a wet snap.
As March was pretty dry I had to use my water butts earlier this year and I was forced to use a half of one of the butts. This was to water my roses and succulents mostly.
We grow succulents because they are drought tolerant right? I am well aware that succulents survive during drought conditions but they mainly grow and develop in the Spring and the Autumn so do need a little bit more water. During the summer and winter months some succulents hibernate and shut themselves down so they go into hibernation.
I have only got storage for 420 litres of water and used most of this to early during last years heatwave. One of my jobs this year is to expand this capacity. One of the questions is by how much do I increase it by and do I buy another 200 litre bin or smaller 110 litre bins. If I buy another 200 litre one it will probably impair my ability to squeeze past it into the corner but if I buy smaller ones these are less cost effective. Decisions , decisions.
One thing is for certain is if we experience more summers like last year we will all need to cater for extra water storage to water our gardens as a report from the government pointed out a couple of months ago.
Rain sometimes you can’t live with it you definitely can’t live without it.
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Drought tolerant plants are some of the most sensitive to desiccation in cans (or pots)! In the wild, they survive seasonal lack of moisture by dispersing their roots very deeply and very extensively. They are unable to do so in confinement.
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Thanks Tony. A valid point but planting my tender succulents direct into the garden would be very time consuming as I would have to dig them up in the autumn as it will get way to damp and cold. I do put the succulents in deeper pots when they start to get more established and I use a much more richer mix of compost with a little less sand and gravel.