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Avid gardener Brent has had to get creative with water this year to keep his garden lush without relying on the hose.

“We keep a flexi-bucket in the kitchen sink which collects all the water from rinsing dishes or washing veggies. When it fills up we take it out to the garden to water the ferns and some of the other plants.”

He and his wife Nina also capture water from the shower in a bucket while it heats up, and use that on the garden too.

The Mt Eden couple spend a lot of time in their terraced garden, and are now planning ahead for what could be another dry summer.

“We’re considering installing a raintank for outdoor use because of the possibility of water restrictions continuing through summer,” Brent says.

“I’m also going to put plenty of mulch around our ferns because it helps to retain moisture and means you don’t need to water them so often.

“The drought has made us think about what we plant because plants can be quite expensive and you want to be able to keep them alive. We’re planning to transplant a bunch of clivias which are quite drought-tolerant.”

Brent has also been taking short showers, taking care to keep it at the low-pressure setting.

“We’ve been skipping showers in the weekend and taking a dip in the spa pool instead – it only needs a top-up of a couple of buckets of water every so often, and the water only needs to be changed twice a year – so that saves a considerable amount of water – about 160 litres a week.”

Brent’s other water-wise gardening tips are to water in the evenings when it’s cooler, to prevent evaporation, and to consider using water retention crystals in your pot plants. They absorb water and then gradually release the water to the plants, which helps plants survive with less frequent watering.

My number one tip is to wash your veges in a bowl so that the dirty water can be used to water plants.”

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