A good soaking

Friday, 20 July 2018

I never thought of including liquorice in Eat Your Front Garden, but I'm beginning to wonder if I should have: what do you think, could this plant pass as a front garden ornamental?

In my last update I described how I keep plants in containers alive through droughts by standing them in water. But someone asked me "What about pots that are too heavy to move?" One thing that works surprisingly well is soaking a sponge (preferably one of those fat ones that's used for cleaning cars) in a bucket until it's saturated, and then putting that on the surface of the compost in the pot where it will slowly drain. Newspaper also works - especially if you cover the wet paper with a layer of dry paper (precisely as I have not done in this picture), so the moisture can't evaporate and has no choice but to soak into the compost.

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