Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:28
I live in the Scotland too, and go away now and again, I love my garden and don't like to impose on folk to water all my plants, my parents will do it no bother but they're miles away and it's not fair on them.
Anyway, I rigged my own system, it wasn't dear but is taking it a bit seriously, as you need a large container, a timer and irrigation. I've some photos, taken from last year, you don't need the guttering feeding the water butt, but as the guttering was with the greenhouse, I rigged it up. I did all this because I wanted to and enjoy these type of things enormously.
Irrigation kits cost £5, a water butt is £15 and a timer is £10 so the cost is time, and a wee bit of fiddling about.
See my photos
The hose going into the top is from the house so if there's not been any rain, I fill the butt, it doesn't happen very often as there's a lot of rain and the guttering is very efficient.
These timers are super easy to rig up and set up, they come with instructions that are really easy to follow.
I just have my timer set for twice a day, at the cool parts of the day, the drippers just drip away for 20 mins twice a day.
Of course these are last years photos but I was out yesterday, starting to set it up again. Hope this is useful to you. and I haven't bored you !