Leave a Neighbour in Charge
Feed Your Plants
As planters and pots lose moisture quickly, especially if the weather is hot and windy, make sure that all plants in pots and containers and especially those forming fruit are well fed. Liquid feeds have the speediest response but controlled release fertiliser granules will last longer. Another easy answer is a Big Drippa which ‘feeds’ water directly to the root of the plants, without a drop wasted. It’s very controllable too, meaning it can be left to get on with the job while you soak up the sun yourself.
Hanging baskets are invariably in the hottest, sunniest spots in the Polytunnel and with their roots in the air they are prone to dry out quickly. Unless they are regularly watered either by hand or automatic hanging basket sprinklers, it is best to lower the hanging baskets and stand each one in a shady spot where it will dry out less quickly. ( My Dad used to leave his in a bucket of water)
Protect + Maintain Your Garden
- Many plants cease flowering if faded flowers are left and allowed to start to form seeds, so deadhead head every faded flower before you leave. Sharp scissors or just your finger and thumb should do the trick!
- Ladders, spades and other items should be removed or locked out of sight so that they don’t encourage burglary. Make sure your garden shed, Polytunnel, Greenhouse and other storage areas are properly secured and its worth giving your neighbour the padlock keys – just in case!
- Finally, check that any new outbreaks of pests or diseases are treated or dealt with before you go.
For more information regarding Polytunnel/Greenhouse irrigation, please feel free to contact the First Tunnels team on 01282 601253 or request a brochure.
Sean Barker is the MD of First Tunnels, and is enthusiastic about providing quality gardening supplies to gardeners across the UK