Fun Fall Container Gardening
Half of your mind is already set on holiday planning, and the other one too. Is it so for everyone? One thing is for certain: the fact we are seeking for real or adventures far from home and from work duties can easily lead our mind astray from the care of our garden. But there’s no need to worry about it! Just a few tricks, we’ll be able to pack our luggage and be sure that, once we’re back, our green corner will be healthy and untouched.
The amount of time we’ll spend far from home will give us an head start as for the measures we’ll have to take to look after our garden. A short stay will be easier to be organised in comparison with a 15-daylong trip. In the case of a long absence from home, we must be properly organised so we can avoid a whole year of careful gardening to be lost. Let’s take a look at the essentials, so we are sure we can leave knowing our garden will be fine.
Gardening requires for “one year of using scissors”. If your imminent vacations will keep you far away from home during summer time, you can easily sort it out. This is the time to prune perennials as they will have just faded, so we can have a second late blossoming, as in the case of snowdrops, primroses, geraniums, hortensias, poppies, scutch and all of the other “weeds” that are so popular in the North of Europe for their structure, texture and beauty.
Between July and August it is necessary to have the hedges of evergreen shrubs and of deciduous back in shape, as well as other shrubs and topiaries of boxwood and yew, that a re getting more and more loved by gardening amateurs. Use your scissors to remove just the faded corollas of roses and flowers of annual plants that grow in vases and flowerbeds. Let’s finish the job with pruning the trees, both shrubs and fruit ones, but just for removing long, cluttered or double buds.
It’s not unusual to put a family member, a neighbour or a plant sitter in charge of watering the allotment, the garden and the plants you have planted in vases or in the greenhouse while we are away from home. Actually, this is a really common in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. In the case it’s not possible to have someone else’s help, an underground irrigation system can help: as it helps us in keeping our english gardens green, our plants blooming and our allotments flourishing, this is an automate technique that allows for setting the quantity of water and the timing. As for all other plants, including the ones that go into vases, in a greenhouses or on a balcony, “drip irrigation” is another good technique.
Underground irrigation systems will allow you to go on vacation with no stress at all: they will take care of watering the plants during the day. This last system, alongside with the use of nebuliser, it’s really popular in Sweden, Norway and Finland as it gives the good amount of water to sustain plants growth in nurseries. In the case of succulents, no need to worry at all! They endure droughts, thanks to the water they keep on the inside.
Frenchman Ala Meilland, the third producer in the world for roses, once declared during an interview “Market gardening is easy: it’s a 100 lessons thing – one lesson per year”. An ironic way of saying it takes a lot of patience, and sometimes things will not turn the way we were expecting them to go. On the other hand, gardening wouldn’t be so loved by so many people if it were too easy. In our own small way, we can do whatever it takes to try and keep our garden nice anyway. Before we leave, we should make sure we pick all of the ripe vegetables and fruits. Unless there will be someone else doing it for us while we are away, something is surely going to be wasted.
The most important thing is still to protect the small plants in the allotment and in the flowerbeds. Once we have decided which kind of irrigation is the best for our garden, greenhouse, or balcony, it only takes to get rid of all weeds and to go on with mulching. This is a really common practice, consisting in covering the soil surrounding the plants with a plastic or natural covering. On the one hand, we will avoid the growth of weeds, and on the other hand we’ll have a useful screen avoiding for the excessive evaporation of the soil’s water supplies during the warmest times.The most loved material for flowerbeds, also for its looks, is pine bark. We’d only have to spread a 5 cm thick layer of it on the ground and it will be done. For allotments, we can also use straw, but to be sure we are completely saving the soil from insects and form the evaporation of water we’ll need a transpiring pierced cloth. And now, time to leave for holidays with no worries.
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