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Is the hosepipe ban affecting you?

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Watering the lawn is going to prove a bit harder from today, as seven water suppliers introduce a hosepipe ban across southeast England.

Thames, Southern, South East, Anglian, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East water companies have all imposed the ban, which affects up to 20m people. Flouting the ban could mean a £1,000 fine.

And if you’re suspicious that your neighbours are watering their roses on the sly, some companies have even set up a hotline for you to grass (um…) them up.

If you’re worried, the Guardian has a handy checklist of what you can and can’t do under the ban.

How do you guys feel about this? My garden is far too small to even warrant a hose, but my aunt in north London isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of having to use a watering can on her vegetable patch. Are you going to be affected by the ban?

By Zing Tsjeng. Photo by Jez Page under a CC licence


Get Glamping

Glamping at One New Change in aid of the Prince's Trust

Whether it’s on a roof or in a garden, camping is evidently in vogue

Garden camping is, quite simply what it says on the tin, a way for homeowners to make a bit of money renting out their garden space to the many tourists coming over for the London Olympics.

Being the latest concept in traveling trends, the style of garden camping can vary from basic camping to ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping).

As most hotels are fully-booked and landlords hike up the rent to an outrageous price, this scheme is helping tourists find a more affordable way to visit the City during the 2012 Games. With eastend garden owners certainly profiting from this scheme the most, with the current listings priced around £28 per person per night – a nice price for simply opening your garden gate.

To get involved in this scheme contact CampInMyGarden.

By Krystena Petrakas. Photo by EG Focus via Flickr under a CC licence

Call for action

Winter garden urban gardening London

We know winter probably wasn’t the best time to start a gardening blog, but we are still optimistic and won’t let our passion wilt just yet.

Dubious on the knowledge Google has on gardening, we’re asking for your help – all urban gardeners, green-fingered enthusiasts and anyone with horticultural knowledge.

We want to know, what should you plant in urban gardens in the bitter winter months?

Please send us ideas, suggestions, photos, videos and any comments – we need you to water our knowledge.

Photo by Matti Malda via Flickr under a CC licence.

How London gardeners can get a grant

Cash is up for grabs for green-fingered Londoners as Boris Johnson plans to get the city gardening.

Image by London Permaculture

The Mayor of London is giving away grants for community gardens as part of the Capital Growth programme. Budding community groups can apply for up to £750 to get their gardening idea off the ground.

The scheme aims to foster 2,012 community food growing projects in London by the year 2012. East London is already home to one success story, the Wenlock Barn Herb Garden.

Residents of Wenlock Barn housing estate, Hackney, applied for a grant in 2010. They used the money to plant a garden on a scrap of disused land on the housing estate. The garden now produces salad and herbs which are sold to local shops and restaurants.

If you’ve got a growing project in mind, you can apply for a Capital Growth grant and help make London a greener city for 2012.

By Hannah Bass.