The build-up to a holiday is always an exciting period, with anticipation building - that is, until you remember your plants.
Having spent months working on your garden, you’ll then suddenly have that moment of realisation - how will your plants survive? Will your hard work go to waste? However, fear not - these tips from Capital Gardens could provide you with the help you need...
1. Call on the neighbours
As a first point of call, knock on your neighbour's door - having them pop in a couple of times can do wonders. You should also make sure you remember to tell your neighbours exactly how much water the plants will need - too much or little could result in an awkward return home...
2. Old tricks
If you're only going away for a few days, you could always try popping your plant pots in the sink, trays, buckets or similar. Simply fill your container with water and let your plants soak for 20 minutes.
You can then drag your pots into the shade, or at least the partial shade if they love the sun, to make sure you prevent scorching and reduce moisture loss.
Plan ahead by checking the weather forecast - if there's only going to be a dash of rain whilst you're on holiday, you can always sit your pots in a shallow bowl to retain some water, giving your plants an extra drink. For your beds, you can dig in small plant pots around your thirstiest plants, so the water collects and then drains at the roots.
A good move could be using mulch - and if you haven't already used it, it's not too late. Mulch is a covering of broken down organic materials, including compost, leaf mould, gravel or bark chipping, which can then be spread over your beds and pots. It traps in moisture, adds the nutrients and keeps the ground cool. If you have a compost heap at the ready, it’s time to get the spade out.
3. Last minute preparation
Remember to think about drainage. It's been an up and down summer with the weeks of heat recently giving way to cooler temperatures and rain. A lack of drainage could cause just as many problems for your plants as the heat can. Think about a pot which has raised drainage holes for instance, then just water and deadhead them to provide a late boost before going away.
Tips courtesy of Capital Gardens