Watering Containers While on Vacation: And if you don't have a "kiddie pool"...

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Watering Containers While on Vacation

By vic
August 26, 2013

If you have to be away from home for an extended period of time and you have a lot of hanging baskets and/or container plants, put them all in a child's swimming pool or other large container.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 26, 2013 1:13 PM CST
... you can easily throw together a "pool for pennies"!

Well, actually it won't be a pool for pennies themselves, save your pennies in a jar so you can buy plants and seeds next year! Smiling

I have so many potted nursery plants I made a couple of "pools" and use them as Vic suggested except I use them regularly, not when I go out of town. I laid down some landscape timbers in a rectangle (available inexpensively at box stores) and lined it with plastic. The pool is only about 4" inches high but with all my pots in it that is plenty. What's even better is when I water the pots the excess water collects in the plastic-lined enclosure, not draining out onto the ground and disappearing. The best part is as the soil in the pots dry out the water is then wicked back up into the pots. This REALLY cuts down on the number of times I have to water as well as cutting down on water usage. Just as importantly it cuts down on the time needed to water, letting me go do more pleasant tasks...or just taking time to enjoy other things in the garden!

Good tip, Vic!

Shoe
Photo: taken a couple years ago but in the foreground, behind the cinder blocks, you can see a plastic-lined pool made from landscape timbers. You could easily just use what you have laying around for the sides though...bricks, fallen tree limbs (or firewood pieces), etc

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Aug 26, 2013 2:13 PM CST
GREAT idea Shoe! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
Aug 26, 2013 3:43 PM CST
Well, it's the same idea you have with the kiddie pool or "other container"! And they sure do work, don't they!?

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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Aug 26, 2013 4:14 PM CST
If I recall, and it's been a few years Whistling I seem to remember Hank doing something like that with railroad ties and thick visqueen for the girls for a kiddie pool - Worked GREAT! Green Grin!

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