Make it simple: Most gardeners tend to scatter their plants around. Besides the established garden you may have planters or hanging baskets out and about. Don't make your caretaker wander around and find them because something may be missed. And you don't want to make things so complicated that your helper won't want to help you out next time. Move as many as you can to a centralized location where they will be protected from wildlife and within reach of a hose. Place more difficult planters in partial shade so they are not stressed by the heat and irregular watering. If you are looking for one more reason to put in a drip irrigation system, here it is. But even those need to be checked on now and then.
|Get everything into a central location and put |
shade loving plants in a sheltered spot.
|Putting everything safely in a fenced area will prevent your helper having|
to deal with a big mess. When the cats away, the mice will play!
Wait for It: Some things are better left until later. For instance your war on bugs and slugs. Don't expect your helper to come in the evening and set out a dozen trays of beer or first thing in the morning and flick beetles into soapy water for half an hour. Sometimes there are transplants that need some coddling for the first few days. Make sure you know the forecast, and wait to put those in the ground because it is unlikely someone will be around to water 3 times a day. They may be better off set in the shade under a bench. On the other hand, if the forecast is rain and over cast for the next few days, it may be your best opportunity to get them in while the weather is mild,
|Putting out trays of beer is a very efficient way of trapping and killing slugs.|
But if left unattended, they also attract raccoons. You don't need a bunch of drunken raccoons
rampaging through your garden while you are away.
|Photo Source: Gardener's Edge|