Water efficient gardening

To mark National Gardening Week (April 13 to 19) Anglian Water has once again opened the doors to its ever popular, and ever green, Potting Shed Club. 

The Potting Shed Club is an online resource in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to help customers create beautiful and water efficient gardens regardless of the weather. Customers can also get their green fingers on a free water-saving garden pack.

Linda Berkshire, Water Saving Manager from Anglian Water, said: “Living in one of the driest regions in the country it is important that we use water wisely whatever the weather brings. The good news is there are lots of simple steps which we can take to be more water efficient, especially in the garden.

“Storing rainwater, choosing drought-resistant plants, watering carefully at the right time of day and generally loving every drop can make a really big difference to the environment and still produce a beautiful garden.”

Linda added: “Our region’s water supplies are in good health with aquifers, reservoirs and rivers all well stocked and no question of restrictions being imposed this year. But we want people to be in good habits, whatever the future may bring. One or two well placed water butts to store rainwater can reduce the need to use tap water in your garden dramatically, and if you’re on a meter it will mean cheaper bills too.

“People can join our online green-fingered community via The Potting Shed Club’s Facebook page, too. Here you can share tips and get ideas from other budding gardeners and claim your free-water saving garden pack.

“All of which helps to make sure that, with a little planning and some small changes, we can make sure our gardens are beautiful come rain or shine.”

The free water-saving garden pack includes water storing crystals, watering mats and a handy guide of water-friendly plants as well as advice on what jobs to do in the garden and when.

Heaps of advice is also available on The Potting Shed Club Facebook page.

There’s also an opportunity to visit your nearest gardens for free as part of National Open Garden Days.