How to manage during Hosepipe bans 2023

How to manage during Hosepipe bans 2023

If your area is affected by a hosepipe ban there are some measures you can take to reduce damage to your plants and vegetables.

Firstly, it’s important to know that the organisations implementing the hosepipe bans are incapable of managing our water supplies efficiently. So it seems utterly nonesensical to punish those using a hosepipe during a ban implemented by a company that can’t manage the loss of their water supply. At least those using the hosepipe are more often than not using the water for a good purpose.

Its reported that over 90million litres of water DAILY is being lost, leaked, or wasted due to improper maintenance by the water organisations. It’s likely this is due to unjustified substantial bonuses and salaries of top executives who are ultimately responsible for maintaining water supplies in the UK.

It would seem once again that the bigwigs who cause the problems are causing us insufferably inconvenience and expect us to overcome their problem due to their own incompetence. Anyone would think the government run the water supply management systems in this country!

In fact, this is the case worldwide, it would seem many water supply companies favour their bonus checks more so than the service they are able to provide to paying customers. They fail miserably and consequently the people end up having to suffer.

I’ve always been miffed about corporate water companies, they take shit water, filter it, add chemicals to it, process it some more just so that it is supposedly drinkable (but it’s still shit water with added chemicals) and then pump it through our taps and charge an extortionate amount for the privilege of having to drink, wash and feed our plants with what was effectively sewage water.

I met a customer once who worked for the water company. He explained he’d worked with them since he left school until retirement. He went on to explain that in all the years he’d worked for the water company he never drank tap water after his third week working for the organisation, based on what he saw and learnt about then processes they used. He went on to say, the chemicals, and the processes he learnt about that they use made him feel nauseous.

The main reason for his decision was the chemicals they used and having researched what they were and the long term affects they have on the human organs, made him take the radical decision never to drink another drop of water from the tap. In later years, household filter systems allowed him to filter some of the ingredients making the water less damaging to our bodies. He spent almost his entire life drinking from bottles (hmmm), or from the shallow borehole he drilled in his garden.

Many areas across the UK have experienced a lack of significant rainfall in recent weeks, which isn’t unusual. Those of us that still retain common sense will recall back to the times decades ago when hosepipe bans were introduced. It’s not uncommon and the current so called heatwave, AKA, summer isn’t uncommon.

However, our fear making propoganda machines (AKA The Media) are so out of control and unregulated that it would seem anything goes these days as long as it scares the crap out of people.

Take for example our weather report illustrations, we’ve gone from a green coloured illustration of the United Kingdom to a colour that represents the inside of a volcano. They’ve actually gone too far with this fearmongering by introducing the colour black to signify the hottest parts of the country, and I thought dark red was evil!

Anyway, those with a quarter of a brain will realise their intention to encourage us to believe summer is now known as Global Warming is utter nonesense!

How do you manage during a hosepipe ban in 2023?

Aside the fact you may now have to do some manual labour if you want to wash your car, boat or jetski, assuming you don’t have acres of land, you can still use water to water your garden plants, you just aren’t supposed to use a hosepipe, that’s if you’re a conformist!

The thing is, if we keep confirming, in other words, if we keep solving these companies and government problems which are caused by their own negligence, then the cycle will never stop. They’re simply making their problem, your problem rather than sacrifice a small portion of their fat juicy dividend payout to fix the problems.

One of the most effective solutions, if you choose to adhere to the the hosepipe ban, is learning how to retain moisture on your land. Again, depending on the size of your land this will require one, or many of the following Solutions.

Straw

Use straw and spread it a couple of inches thick around your border, for some, this will unacceptable as it diminishes the beautiful appearance of their garden, I’d say dead dehydrated plants looks uglier!

Woodchips

Use woodchips, ideally organic ones and not treated ones especially around food crops. Don’t use bark, it can be heavily treated or contained contaminates.
Woodchips help to retain moisture by providing cover, similarly to how a cover crop works. On the plus side, it will rot down eventually and be consumed by microorganisms eventually providing essential nutrients and humus to your soil. This is a great way to recondition or regenerate soil.

Plastic Sheet

Try and avoid plastic coverings, they break down with UV light and contaminate the soil with micro plastics.

IBC

Get yourself an IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container). These are capable of storing 1000 litres of water and easily be rigged up to the rainwater Downspout. Just be sure to get a food grade one and ideally black. A transparent/opaque one will cause the water to turn green with algae. Refurbished ones are usually better but I’d always wash it out thoroughly before use.

Water Butts

Use water butt’s, as above, they can feed off the rainwater downspouts.

Boreholes

Another option is to have your very own borehole. For larger properties, requesting the assistance of a team of experts may be required. It can be costly, usually around £100 per metre and some aquifers are up to 90m deep.

However, you can drill your own and there are lots of videos online and off the shelf borehole kits that will do the job if you don’t mind the labour. You’ll only be able to tap into a watercourse often as low as 4m underground, but it’s water.

Well

Another option is a concrete pipe well. Again, check out some videos online but this is a method whereby you use the large precast concrete rings. A 1.5m ring is placed on the ground and you dig in the middle of it and carefully around the base of it. Eventually it will slowly, millimeter by millimeter, settle further and further deeper into the ground. You add another carefully on top and keep going until you hit the watercourse. Voila, you have a well. They use this method to great, affect in Eastern Europe.

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With all these methods, always test the water before use. It is vital to ensure you’re not contaminating your edibles with chemicals that have leached into the watercourse.

Organic Matter

Add more organic matter to your soil. Even compost and we’ll rotted manure added to your soil helps retain moisture. Vermiculite is also another beneficial natural product that helps retain moisture. Besides, the more organic matter you add to the soil, the more microorganisms you’ll attract, which are wonderful for plants and soil.

Use cover crops

Cover crops aren’t just grasses and radishes etc. You can use all manner of plants to shield the soil from becoming too hot and subsequently drying out. Cover crops create a sort of microclimate between the plants and soil, retaining much of the moisture.
We use companion planting, so our strawberry plants for example are planted with lettuce, Nasturtiums and Marigolds. The reason for this is to provide both shade, nutrients and pest control. Oddly, pests tend to prefer Nasturtiums before they’ll devour your lettuces. But they also provide good ground cover. Think of it as a sun shade!

Our courgettes are interplanted with borage, Nasturtiums and Alyssum, providing shade, nutrients and pest control and adds a little colour. Alyssum deters pests by giving out a scent they find unpleasant, Nasturtiums are a favourite food for slugs and snails, keeping them off our edibles. And the borage is a bee magnet. You can also eat borage plants, the flowers and leaves can be tasty. Borage by the way is where sunflower oil and cream comes from, a fantastic healing ointment.

Hopefully these tips might help with dealing with a hose pipe ban in 2023 and assist in your battle to overcome these drier periods and go some way to protecting your edibles and keeping them at their prime.

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