The summer holiday season is upon us, but while you’re off gallivanting what’s going to happen to those plant pots that have been lovingly planted up and tended for the past few weeks?
Whether you’re away for a few days or a couple of weeks, here’s a plan to keep them looking good whilst you’re away:
- Give them a good soaking and stick a saucer underneath the pot to catch excess water and let the plant soak it up slowly.
- Drag the pots into a shady spot so they won’t get baked and dry out too quickly.
- After thoroughly watering the pot, place a nice thick layer of chunky compost or bark over the bare soil to seal in the moisture, taking care not to cover the lower leaves of plants.
- Remove dead flowers and those about to die, this will encourage the plant to keep flowering.
Next time you plant up containers, make sure that you add a good proportion of loam/soil based compost to the mix, it keeps the water in the compost for longer and is easy to re-wet if the pot dries out.
I’m trying to garden as sustainably as I can, so I’m checking the ingredients of any bought compost to make sure it doesn’t contain peat, some pesky suppliers don’t make it obvious .
images: Jill Anderson