Quenched & drenched

Step by Step - Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Step by Step – Holiday care – © GAP Photos

Your bags are all packed, the fridge has been cleared, and grandma’s been given the heads up about feeding the cat while you’re away – but how will the plants cope when you decide to replace your garden’s grass with Mediterranean sand between your toes for a fortnight? Well, with a few savvy ideas, not badly at all. Of course, having someone come round regularly to water your precious pots would be the ideal solution, but not all of us have such obliging folk living nearby. So here are a few easy ways to ensure your plants aren’t burnt to a crisp on your return, even if you are:

Step by Step - Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Step by Step – Holiday care – © GAP Photos

Using a Stanley knife, make a series of small horizontal slits in the base of a large plastic bottle. Then fill the bottle with cold water.

Step by Step - Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Step by Step – Holiday care – © GAP Photos

Stand the bottle, and the plant that you want to be kept watered, in a large tray part filled with water. Gently undo the top of the bottle till water slowly begins to trickle out of the base, which it will do for up to one week.

Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Holiday care – © GAP Photos

Alternatively, specially designer water reservoirs can be purchased for individual pots. Simply insert into your container, fill the water tank and leave it to slowly seep into the compost over a few days.

Step by Step - Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Step by Step – Holiday care – © GAP Photos

If you need to keep a large number of pots watered in your absence, then this larger water reservoir will help. Drill a series of holes in the base using a power drill.

Step by Step - Holiday care - © GAP Photos

Step by Step – Holiday care – © GAP Photos

Fill the container with water then place it, along with your potted plants, into a large tray of water. Again, gently undo the lid slightly so that air can enter the bottle and encourage the moisture to seep out as needed.

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