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View Poll Results: What's the Best Way to Handle Watering While on Vacation?
Get the garden ready and plant them in the ground, then setup a water timer. 2 40.00%
Bring them down to the neighbors and let them water daily for me. 2 40.00%
Other Options, enter your response in reply 1 20.00%
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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Is 1/2" appropriate. I was tempted to use 1/4" wire mesh around the garden buried 6-8" to prevent digging up underneath the garden like some did last year.

I was also putting together a removable PVC frame with bird netting attached for the top. Would keep birds and others out without affecting plant light.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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My assumption is they are still to young to transplant to the ground, even by the first week of May. In total its 5 days I'd be gone. My bil has a hose timer I could hookup and set this all up on the deck, would it be ok to leave them out overnight at that point? .
Mothers Day is the rule of thumb for us. Not before. So yeah, would be too soon to get them in ground now or by May 1st. Also.. Did you harden them off? They are outside already?? Seems way too early. Need 2 weeks to harden off so you're 2 weeks early.

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I also have a friend nearby who is an avid gardener who would be more than willing to help keep my plants healthy.

That's the best option. Bring them down there or give him the keys to come inside and care for them.


Tell him you'll give him some seeds of something he doesn't have or give him some firewood or something
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:22 AM
 
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I think thats the option I'm gonna go for Cam and leave them with him. I have had them outside now for two weeks during the daytime only. They have been hardening really well, and I don't want to be to optimistic but they look like the best seedlings I've ever grown to this point. That may be partly because I used Johnny Seeds and not Burpee or that I invested in a few things like a fan for downstairs, keeping the light closer, watering from underneath for awhile, moving to larger 4" pots, etc.

They no longer get artificial light as I bring them in at dusk and put them on the counter then back out again before work. If there is rain in the forecast they stay in and like I said they seem to be doing really well and growing steadily but not at a frantic pace.
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