For people who are farmers or have gardens, vacations are always an issue. Let the weeds grow, some vegetables may go past their peak however lack of water can negate a lot of work.
Recently we took a 9 day trip to the Yucatan. In passing I asked my daughter to water the lettuce and herbs in the greenhouse. She is always very good about tending to my garden while we are away. I think she realizes how much effort I put into the vegetable garden and I know how much she appreciates fresh vegetables. For whatever reason, we didn’t connect and since it was fall she it didn’t register with her that I had lettuce and herbs growing in our small greenhouse.
When I arrived home I asked her how the watering went. She told me that she didn’t know that I had asked her to water. I kind of knew that we may not have connected on this issue and I didn’t email her because I was a little curious as to whether the plants would survive that period of time in Mel’s Mix. Upon my return I went straight to the greenhouse. The plants were a little limp for lack of water but certainly not in a troubled state. I watered the plants a little that evening and returned in the morning to see what I was hoping for: a return to normal.
The next day I harvested some of the lettuce for our salad.
Mel’s Mix passed the test. The compost, peat moss and vermiculite had absorbed enough water to last for 9 days. We must account for the fact that in early November the sun isn’t that strong and consequently photosynthesis isn’t at a high level either. I do use grow lights in the late fall and winter however.
Mel Barthowmew says that it takes 90% less water in caring for a square foot garden. I’m convinced through this little experiment / incident that it is all true.