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    Morning all,

    I'm super excited because I've just booked a little holiday for later in the year. This got me thinking - how do you maintain your plots health while away? Watering, weeding and harvesting still need to happen - so how do you do it?

    We'd love to hear your creative methods! They may be edited and published in the July issue of Grow Your Own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma Ward View Post
    Morning all,

    I'm super excited because I've just booked a little holiday for later in the year. This got me thinking - how do you maintain your plots health while away? Watering, weeding and harvesting still need to happen - so how do you do it?

    We'd love to hear your creative methods! They may be edited and published in the July issue of Grow Your Own.

    Thanks
    Emma
    well emma it all depends on your holiday time.
    for an early holiday june or july then anything that usually sucks up the water gets watered more often and then the night before a good soaking and then a mulch ( grass clippings on newspaper) is a good one or alternately good compost muck mix.
    if its a later holiday i often encourage a friend/neighbour who has my spares to water and harvest for me. last year i came back to a 20lb bag of beans of all my climbers. they have whatever they want peas beans soft fruit. it's funny how people will water for produce as pay.....
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    I just ask a neighbour, then when they go, they ask me. If we go at the same time, I find another neighbour. In this area - simples (and they don't even want produce because we swap that anyway.)
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    I find that an offer of free veggies and a bottle of wine usually keeps my garden looking nice whilst on my hols, sometimes i have to decide who will do it as i am inundated with offers...... the perks of free veg i think lol

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    I have never done it before, but am going to ask my neighbours to come in and water everything - bit worried about the greenhouse crops though, - as long as its all more or less ok and still alive =

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    My next door neighbour and gardening guru loves the chance to get his hands on my garden. Last time I went away in August he did a fantastic job and I even came back to additional pest defences

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    i try and do as much as i can to make it easier for whoever i ask to help - things like everything in a decent sized pot; as much stuff in the ground as possible; waterings cans filled, that sort of stuff. i also submerge empty pop/drinks bottles by cutting off the bottoms and sinking the pouring end into either the pot or soil (start saving them a good few weeks before we go away) so that it is quicker and easier to water and hopefully, not then necessary every day. i also make sure the greenhouse has an automatic opening vent so the temperature doenst build up quite so quickly and leave pots in the greenhouse so my friend can just fill them with water to help with the humidity (where necessary).

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    Thanks everyone, these are great! Do any of you rely on self-watering systems for shorter breaks? Would you ask a friend or neighbour to weed for you as well as water?
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