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Tips on How to Take Care of Your Garden While on Vacation

Worried about your plants before going on a holiday? Say no more! We’ve got you covered. Just follow these tips, and you can experience peace while on a trip.

Say hello to an irrigation system

The biggest problem you’ll have is the supply of water. While you’re away, Raised garden bedyou might be worried about your plants not receiving sufficient water every day, which will hinder you from enjoying your vacation. So to avoid anxiety, install a programmable water timer to your drip system, soaker hoses, or sprinklers that are linked to your outdoor faucet. Set them to activate daily or at least once a week. However, this technique doesn’t guarantee 100% success. I still recommend you request someone to check your garden once a week to ensure that everything’s swell.

Put mulch around the individual plants

Surround each plant with mulch, and you won’t have a problem controlling weeds and keeping the plants moisturized by serving as a hurdle between hot air and the soil. Add mulch before you leave, and you’ll come home with an attractive, tended garden. Among the favorites are pine straw, wheat straw, and leaf compost.

Feed the plants

Before you hop on a plane, feed them with liquid fertilizer and granular fertilizer first. Giving them food is beneficial especially if you’ll be gone for more than seven days. Follow the directions on the packages, and you’ll be doing your plants a huge favor. After all, if you starve them, they’ll starve you too. What goes around comes around.

Check your garden

Make sure every single thing looks right before you leave; that is if you still want to get home to a beautiful, healthy garden. Inspect the plants. Are there pests around? Are they receiving enough water and sunlight in their current location? Check the garden beds. Can they still hold up the soil and plants? If not, repair them with a plate joiner. There’s a great plate joiner found here. Lastly, look for weeds. You might need to pull some of them before going on a trip.

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Select a garden assistant

Nothing can beat a good pair of eyes. If possible, ask someone in your neighborhood to be your garden assistant. It’s still best to have someone to water and inspect your garden every day. You can also request them to take pictures so you could still keep an eye on your garden. Just make a deal that would be beneficial for the both of you. You could pay them cash, or they could take whatever’s ready for harvest while you’re away; it all depends on your agreement.

There you have it! Now you can enjoy a good holiday and come home to a beautiful garden. Brilliant!

Things to do and see near Hornsey

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Hornsey is located near several attractions that draw both the locals and tourists. Some are within a fairly comfortable walking distance from the area. Others are easily accessible by bus or train. If you’re looking for more to explore, here are some of the places you can add to your list.

Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace is nestled between Muswell Hill and Wood Green. It is an entertainment hub that dates back to the late 1800’s. There are many activities and attractions to enjoy when in the area. Visitors can enjoy a drink or meal at the bars, cafes, and restaurants located around the area. The place also serves as a venue for a wide array of concerts and other live performances. For those looking for more active adventures, boating at the lake, ice skating, and segway are just some of the attractions. It also has a farmers’ market where people can buy a wide range of produce and other food products.

Location: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

Bruce Castle Museum

Bruce Castle is a 16th-century brick house that sits in vast parkland. The name of the castle was from the House of Bruce that owned the land. It has served as a museum since 1906. The museum is home to a wide range of historical and art pieces. Apart from admiring the collections and art exhibitions featured in the museum, visitors can also take part in the events held inside and outside the manor.

Location: Lordship Ln, London N17 8NU

Emirates Stadium

Sports enthusiasts, especially Arsenal fans, probably won’t want to miss the chance to visit the home of the famous football club. The facility ranks third among the biggest football stadiums in England. Visitors have a choice of exploring the venue on their own or sign up for the guided tours. The massive stadium also houses a museum featuring a wide array of Arsenal memorabilia.

Location: Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is a historic place that serves as the final resting place of many notable personalities in architecture, arts, design, literature, politics, and more. It is divided into the east and west with each section worth exploring not only for its residents but also for the many interesting tombs and structures in the area. Some of the famous people visitors come to see include Douglas Adams, George Eliot, Henry Moore, and Karl Marx among many others.

Location: Swain’s Ln, London N6 6PJ

Spending Time Outdoors at Priory Park

A visit to the park is the quickest way to spend some time with nature. Priory Park in Middle Lane N8 is one of the many green spaces across Greater London. It is a public park that provides people in and around Hornsey an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Locals as well as tourists visiting the area will find it an attractive place to spend some time outdoors. Priory Park has been around for over a hundred years. The sense of history and the natural scenery make it an interesting place to explore.

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Go for a stroll around the park

Stroll around the park and soak in the scenery. See the flowers in bloom and listen to the sounds of birds chirping. Visit the Pavilion which serves as a gathering place for private parties and community events. The pavilion also serves as the base of a conservation charity working in the area.

Dine al fresco in the park grounds

Indulge in an impromptu picnic by enjoying a leisurely snack or meal at the park. You can spend the time at one of the picnic benches near the playground. Or you can head to the Philosopher’s garden which is a dog-free area. The garden sits near a wildlife pond, which serves as beautiful backdrop for an al fresco meal.

Take part in some recreational activities

There are sports and recreational facilities in the park that you can use. You can play basketball and tennis or watch some of the activities at the paddling pool area. The park area covers more than six hectares. You can use the time to explore more by walking around.

Spend time at a café while taking in the view

You can take a break at the café located at the heart of the park. Enjoy a cup of your favorite brew while soaking in the sights around you. The café is conveniently located near the public toilets so it’s a good place to unwind before you head back to your wanderings.

Visit the old fountain

Head east to take a look at the old fountain that dates back to the late 19th century. The massive fountain made of granite is one of the known landmarks in the park.