by Texas Homesteader
A sweet friend recently shared with me a pot of chocolate mint. Oh how I love mint and although most people say it can be an invasive plant I’ve planted various kinds & have never had it survive over a year. It’s not really a brown-thumb issue, it’s a “planted the house in the hole of plant-life death” issue. LOL I have trouble getting any plants, trees or shrubs to survive in our front or back yards. Must be something in the soil…
So I may plant this mint in a decorative pot on my porch instead, but the blasted heat of summer is here and RancherMan & I are about to leave town for a few days so I dare not plant it outside now. I can keep it in the house short term, but how will I keep it watered while we’re away? Check out this Homestead Hack for keeping plants watered.
My mother taught me this trick several years ago: Fill a dish tub with about 1-2 inches of water (depending upon the size of the pot your plant is in) and set your potted plant(s) in the water. The water will enter through the holes in the bottom of the pot and wick upward toward the roots.
I sat this dish-washing tub in my sink next to my kitchen window, put a little water in it and sat my little pot of chocolate mint in it. It worked beautifully to keep this plant watered during our short yet several-day stint away from the homestead.
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Easy Deep-Soak Watering
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
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