As Dry As An Ironed Water Biscuit: The Garden: August At Halftime

Not getting any better even if we can officially announce on the day the hosepipe ban kicked in, it rained for a few hours minutes.

And then nothing. Nada. Bugger all. Did you know Dylan Thomas called the town at the centre of his opus Llareggub? Bugger all backwards. Like the climate here. Thomas couldn’t have made this up…

Still , we stopped using the dishwasher a few years ago because, despite Hotpoint’s propaganda we use less water handwashing. We run the cold into a watering can. When it’s running hot we fill a bowl and wash everything. Then we tip the bowl in another can. Since our washing liquid is organic it can all go everywhere, including the tomatoes

And here are some shots that show how that recycled water is used…

And Dog…?

Same old, same old…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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50 Responses to As Dry As An Ironed Water Biscuit: The Garden: August At Halftime

  1. willowdot21 says:

    We are doing the same with the water , washing machine and dishwasher (a small one) only used when needed.
    Anywho your efforts look worth it. Hugs to Dog from Ruby ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿคฃ

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  2. Great use of recycled water. We finally got some rain after six weeks of none.

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  3. Perhaps, Dog could wander about with a keg of water about his neck.


  4. Pam Lazos says:

    What kind of soap are you using, Geoff. The recycled water seems to agree with the fluers!


  5. Ritu says:

    Pops has reused one of his wheelie bins this summer, to tip the dishwasher into, then he fills a watering can to water the plants!

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  6. I think most gardeners of a few years standing will have gone through the experience of eating soapy veg! We learn eventually. Incidentally we have never had a dishwasher – I am he!

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  7. joylennick says:

    And still the brave flowers flower on…I can’t recall when we last had rain here in Spain. Fortunately, the Bougainvillea and Stephanotis, plus the succulents don’t need much, but many others look less perky! MT please send some…wet stuff!

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  8. trifflepudling says:

    My sister and her husband have been doing this for years as a result of their experiences working in arid countries, so it says a lot that we in the uk are needing to do this now.

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  9. Darlene says:

    Good for you for recycling the water. The flowers like it.

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  10. Erika says:

    It is so crazy, that you still suffer from drought and heat, and we had flooding in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany from one day of weather extremes.

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  11. JT Twissel says:

    Iโ€™ll have to come over to England – it always rains when I visit!

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  12. An interesting point about the dishwasher’s use

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  13. Your garden is beautiful even in a drought!

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  14. George says:

    I love the ones of Dog looking puzzled as he surveys the lawn. Is he thinking, โ€œDid I get drunk and wee everywhere?โ€

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  15. Suzanne says:

    Lovely to see your effort being rewarded with more blooms. So strange to see the UK lawns parched. Sad. We learnt how to conserve water via living/travelling in a motorhome, mostly the hard way.

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  16. Jennie says:

    Your flowers still look lovely. That’s something! On a side note, my fish post with names in a few days, as promised to you.


  17. Been doing what you are doing for years. I sneak outside here and pour my leftover coffee and grounds on the conifers and water the trees with the water before it gets hot in a bucket. Run the dishwasher once a month to keep the seals working for the next tenant. I agree, it is propaganda. We have been fed so much to sell stuff. We got more rain than the last year but still not enough. The snow is what is needed up here. Keep doing your best. That’s all we can do for now.


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