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Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
I had expected to lose plants during the storms earlier in the year, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be losing plants due to drought........in Ireland.  I have lots of annuals bursting out of their pots wanting to spread their roots in the ground..........are you planting out your plants?  Is it a waste of time? ........... they are hard enough to keep watered in pots, would it be easier to water them in the ground?   The ground is bone dry.......gardening has never been this difficult!

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,677
    What about a large size pot/trough to plant them in? I would plant into the ground, but if you have not conditioned the soil well in advance (loosened and incorporated compost in), you may find it very hard now in drought conditions. If that is the case, plant into large size pots for display instead.


  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Good idea @Borderline........thanks
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,564
    I’m not planting out anything at the moment, I have gro bag trays with water and rotating pots in those.  My biennials and perenials will be fine if I pot them on, annuals can take their chances, put it down to a bad gardening year. 

     I know it’s no consolation but you’re not alone in being upset, we are all in the same boat.  You’ll be surprised how your plants in the ground will shoot out again, maybe not this year, but may next year. 

    The grass will definitely pick up, you only have to look at very dry places in the world, the river beds crack but come next year the whole lot is green again.

    I have no choice with the hosepipe, theres never any water in it! Too high up for it to reach us, just about tiddles into the taps, in fact I didn’t think the washing machine was going to work this morning.   
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,893
    I'd go with the big pot option, put it somewhere that gets a little shade in the afternoon if you can and use your watering can. I water mine twice a week.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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