Over the long weekend two weeks ago we went to our farm to do some gardening, but before we left I was faced with a dilemma: What would I do with the plants on my bedroom balcony? Usually, when I am going away for a week I take them downstairs to the front yard where there's some sun so that the maid can water them in my absence. As there are more than a dozen plants, some of which are rather big, this is not an easy task.
MOIST MANOEUVRE: Far left to Right, to make sure your plants do not go dry while you are on holiday, first submerge them in water until the soil is fully soaked. Then cover the topsoil with newspaper and group the plants together on the floor so that they can lend each other moisture.
This time around, I was going away for only four days, so carrying the plants downstairs before I leave and bringing them up again when I return was not worth the effort. Four days without water would not kill my plants but they would be stressed; they should be watered at least once while I was away. Should I leave my bedroom unlocked so the maid could have access to the plants?
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