Kitchen Garden Blog - preparing the garden for the holiday

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Kitchen_Garden_170815This week In Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden we will be preparing the garden for a week long absence as Jo takes her summer holidays. It’s always a nervous time for gardeners going on holiday during the hot summer months, but with careful planning, it can be managed with minimal stress.

Jo will give all our crops a generous feed and water the day before she goes away.   Long term crops in the ground will cope perfectly well as they are normally watered on a weekly basis. Crops growing in raised beds will be watered via an irrigation kit attached to our water butts and Jo will fill the water butts up before she leaves.

Plants grown in pots outside will be given a holiday watering kit to keep a steady flow of water over a few days. These will be checked by a fellow gardener during the week and topped up where necessary.

Irrigation Kit 170815 

Our greenhouse crops are the most vulnerable plants to leave. Our tomatoes are grown in success kits and quadgrows and will cope perfectly well for a couple of days between watering. Our peppers, aubergines and cucumbers are in pots on the staging. Capillary matting helps keep them moist,but they will need watering throughout the week by a willing helper.

Many of our crops will need harvesting during the week to prevent them from becoming unproductive. A good option is to reward your holiday watering helper with all the produce they can pick!


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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