Preparations before leaving on a trip

I am off to India for at least a month, and have started my preparations to make it easier for my wife and daughter to care for my garden while I am away.

Firstly, I handed over all my cuttings (lantana, fig, hydrangea, gardenia, coleus, yesterday, today and tomorrow and many others) to my friend Utiyama, who has promised to look after them.

Secondly I moved all plants in planters to the balcony so that they can be watered at one shot from within the house.



View of plants moved to my balcony

 Next, I prepared a visual guide with names of plants and instructions in Japanese on how to care for and harvest vegetables. Here are some photos taken today:

Upper half veggie garden

Veggie garden upper half

Veggie garden – lower half

Veggie garden – lower half (peamon = green pepper)

The instructions also included what spaces to water, remove weeds, add fertilizer and cut off dried flowers or leaves. I’m hoping at least 50% of the instructions will be properly implemented 🙂

Here are some flowers in bloom:

Morning Glory -1

Morning glory –1

Morning glory-2

Morning glory-2


Balsam with a couple of visitors


Aster with unwelcome visitor!

Bonsai Morning Glory along fence

Bonsai update and morning glories along fence

One-day harvest

One-day harvest

Time to pack up! Until the next post, happy gardening!

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15 Responses to “Preparations before leaving on a trip”

  1. August 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Gururaj, I see you have a plumeria on your balcony now! Glad you were able to find one. By the way, I love you balcony especially with all the plants on it. The deep blue morning glories are exceptionally pretty. Have a great trip!

  2. August 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Wow Gururaj, there are flowers in your bonsai! Very nice!

  3. August 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. The blue of your morning glory is incredible – I want it! Johnson

  4. September 2, 2009 at 3:41 am

    What a beautiful site! I enjoyed visiting and looking at your wonderful photos.

  5. September 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It must be so hard to be away from your family and plants for that long! Safe journeys and I hope you come back to thriving plants!

    • September 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      Yes, Thomas, I will miss my family and my plants. I’m making the best of it, however, at my elderly mother’s place and have already bought four or five plants and planted them in planters – curry leaf, mint, holy basil and marigold. My mother is thrilled with the curry leaf plant!

  6. September 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Have a safe trip! Your story of plant preparation reminded me of when I went camping with my kids and left my non-gardener husband to tend to the garden. I spent more than an hour walking him through all the areas of the front and back, with him jotting down whatever notes he needed to. The good news is that most of the plants survived!

  7. September 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Whenever I travel and I ask my husband or children to water my plants they are always worried they won’t know what to do. They ask me to make a list with instructions, but I always respond, “It depends on the weather. Water them when they need it.” This makes them mad. If they see your blog with the pictures, they will insist I do the same. You did an excellent job and I am sure all of your plants will be healthy when you return. Gave a good trip.

  8. September 23, 2009 at 1:16 am

    What a wonderful garden you have with so many vegetable yield. And the morning glory sure look beautiful

  9. September 27, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I hope your trip was great and safe, and all the plants survived without you!
    The blue Morning Glory is fantastic! I wish I had such a beauty!

  10. September 30, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Your blog is most interesting. I look forward to learning more about square foot gardening. Have a safe and successful trip.

  11. October 1, 2009 at 3:19 am

    HI: You have wonderful gardens. I like your blog also, you have done a good job. Its interesting to learn how gardeners from around the world are doing with their gardens. You are welcome to visit liza and john’s garden any time, so come on over and have a look.

    Have a great day,

  12. October 3, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Your morning glories are such a wonderful, vibrant shade of blue. Your veggie garden looks healthy and great. I know you will miss it and your family being away from them for a month. Hopefully the time will go by fast for you.


  13. October 23, 2009 at 7:40 am

    You have managed to create beauty in the smallest of places. I really enjoy your photos. Thanks, too, for your message on my plot in blotanical.

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