Going away in the summer is always a bind: the garden is in full swing and there’s so much to do
By the time you read this, I shall be paddling around an island in the Hebrides, which fills me with anxiety, not about being swept away, but about how my plants will survive without me.
Going away in the summer is always a complicated bind: the garden is in full swing and there’s so much to do. The first thing I do before I go is to make sure I don’t have anything in plugs or small pots waiting to be planted out. Plants in cramped conditions will dry out much more quickly than those in the ground, with room for their roots. If it’s not possible to plant out, then pot on, particularly if there are roots poking out of the drainage holes (a sure sign that the root mass is about to use up all the available space in the pot).