The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.
- No matter what plants you put in an irregularly visited garden, they'll need water. That's why a simple irrigation system will make the difference if you only see you garden a few times a month.
- Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, recommends Mister Landscaper, an irrigation kit that is easy to assemble and programmable for those weeks you're away from your garden.
- Pick your plants with an irrigation system in mind. Tomato, thyme and basil can be good choices for your garden.
- Try Lantana for a good flowering perennial. It tolerates dryness well.
- Use interior foliage plants in outdoor pots. They're inexpensive and tolerate hot weather well. Rubber plant and sansiveria are good choices.
- Don't forget to mulch. Mulch protects your plants from a variety of problems, like too many weeds or soil drying out to rapidly.
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