While installing an outdoor shower isn’t exactly rocket science; there are plenty of considerations you need to keep in mind — especially with the drainage. Neglecting the drainage and other important maintenance features of your shower will result with an inadequate and dysfunctional shower area.
Here are some tips on what to keep in mind when setting up your very own outdoor shower drainage.
Outdoor shower drainage is often the most cited complaint of these features.
Outdoor Shower Drainage Issues
You need to maximise your shower area first.
Connecting with the main water source
Consider what surface material you’re placing your shower
The outdoor shower drainage itself
Add safety with outdoor path lighting
There’s no problem setting up an outdoor shower as long as you have an accessible water supply or connection outside of your home. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be near to the water source to have an efficient outdoor shower. You can just connect pipes from your water source to the shower area. Of course, it may be more expensive to attach multiple pipes if you plan on placing a shower that is from the water source.
If you want to make the most out of your shower, you need to ensure that the surface is durable against constant water exposure. Generally, surface materials that are hard like stone patios are ideal for shower floors due to their resilient properties. Wood types can also be used but just be sure it’s water resistant.
It’s not enough that you focus on the water source connections and the aesthetics of your shower, you should also place great importance on creating a proper and functional drainage. We advise that your drainage outlet goes through a different manhole or a storm drain instead of connecting it to your house’s main drainage system. The purpose of this is to avoid overloading your main drainage system with too much water and hence; avoid flooding.
Not everyone wants to shower in the middle of the day so when installing an outdoor shower you may want to consider some outdoor path lighting. This allows yourself, and guests, to easily and safely access your outdoor shower. Without lighting around path areas, and even in the shower surrounds, you restrict the usability of this great garden feature.
The shower area should also get direct sunlight as much as possible. This helps prevent water and moisture from accumulating in the shower. You don’t want your shower to become too humid and wet simply because it will cause mould growth and water build-up.
Think Penstemon digitalis, and you automatically match it with cottage gardens. Think beardtongue, and matching with a dragon with facial hair issues is not a far stretch. Yet, these virginal beardtongues could sit happily in most garden designs – and still not scare the kids.
Growing a Penstemon Digitalis is relatively simple
Penstemons were an annual fixture in my garden for many years. They were a delight with their tall spires and trumpet-like inflorescences (flowers). Watching them dance gently upon the breath of a warm summer breeze somehow reminded me that life was alright. They were dainty. Tall. So elegantly dainty.
The problem with my penstemon was the year I decided NOT to grow them. Then, like a bipolar junkie they turned on me and began self-seeding with abandon. Each year, I thought I’d curtailed their growth and each spring they would bounce back up in another fitful act of revenge. Today, I no longer have penstemons in my garden, and I no longer have them sprouting through my garden beds, but I miss them. My cottage garden feels somewhat incomplete.
Growing Penstemon Digitalis
My garden has missed them way too much. So, I’ve decided to plant some Penstemon digitalis. I’m not ignoring their self-seeding wanton ways, I’m just better prepared. This time ’round they will not be the feature of the garden but a pleasant focal point. They’ll compete with the Delphiniums, Foxgloves, the towering Stocks and the perennial cottage plants. No more will they dictate their growing conditions. It is I who will determine where and when.
As an annual, Penstemon digitalis works great, but its perennial nature is more highly regarded. They prefer free-draining, loamy soil, a satisfactory reward of organic fertiliser (blood & bone is best) and moderate watering. Once this has been achieved, your task is to sit back and enjoy the spires of flowers dance amidst their garden buddies.
Types of Penstemon Digitalis
There’s literally hundreds of types to choose from and finding something a little different will certainly set your garden apart. Here’s a few of the more common varieties going around at the moment.
- Husker Red
- Red Riding Hood
- Gold Foil
White-Pink flowers that bob above a clump of purple-green foliage. The flowers emanate from a red-pink cloak.
As the name suggests this variety hosts an abundance of vermilion flowers on green stems. Delightful flush for any garden that won’t scorch your retina.
Penstemon digitalis “Gold Foil” is all about the foliage. Sure, those little white flowers adorn this seasoned eye-popper but the leaf tone is amazing.
Dainty mauve-white flowers.
Deep violet flowers make a supreme statement in any garden lacking joie de vivre. If you’re tired of the boring virginal whites then this one is sure to set tongues wagging.
Naming a flower “Blackbeard” conjures thoughts of dark ivory, but that’s not the case with this variety. The stems and foliage are darker than your average penstemon but the flowers are an insipid mauve.
Growing Penstemon Digitalis From Seed
If you’re wondering why they propagate so profusely it’s because, according to this site, they produce more than 130,000 seeds to the ounce. The only way to stop it self-seeding is to deadhead your penstemons on a regular basis – good luck with that. Instead I will be attempting to do, smothering the rampant seedlings with very competitive companion plants.
We have been using coffee grounds on our garden for several months now – the results are fantastic… Our roses have never been better, and recently we have been using them on our vegetables, grapes and trees… We shall see how this year goes; however, I saw this video today
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6 Simple Tips On How To Care For Your Plants
Lots of people worry a lot when it comes to caring for their plants. When speaking about house plants, there is no need to worry. There’s only a few things you need to think about.
A watering can is a must-have in every garden. It is recommended that you buy the with a narrow spout to make positive adequate watering. But that does not always apply, so the finger check may come in handy. Insert your index finger up to the first joint in to the soil. In the event you feel that the soil is damp, don’t water it. Otherwise, do.
With foliage plants, they always need to be high in nitrogen. For flowering plants, on the other hand, K2O is necessary. Fertilizers such as the slow release ones can be mixed with the compost. However, some plants like cacti & orchids need special feeds. Feed plants on the height of their active growth.
Plants like Sanseveria & Aspidistra need no shade. They can be placed away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Others need sun or no sun at all like cheeseplants.
With houseplants, they can survive in temperatures a tiny bit higher than 15 – 250 C or 55 – 750 F. But extreme fluctuations of temperature may not be lovely for them.
Some houseplants need a humid surroundings. tip to maximize humidity is to put the pot inside a bigger pot & fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. The compost won’t dry out. Plants can generating their own climate if grouped together. This tip may even be used for keeping the soil damp. In the event you need, you can spray them with water one time or two times a day depending on the day’s temperature.
Other plants need repotting for optimum growth but some plants may not be suitable for this idea. They would not need their roots to be disturbed or other plants’ root process is little. way to check if your plant needs repotting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant & check its roots. If roots are all you see, then repot.
You need to have to take care of your plants & in turn, you’ll reap its benefits. You don’t only have a garden that can add to your house’s beauty you can also learn how to respect & nurture life in its varied forms.
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