GLT's Grow: Being An Absentee Gardener | WGLT

GLT's Grow: Being An Absentee Gardener

Mar 30, 2018

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.

GLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy and co-host Laura Kennedy are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

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