Packing up after a workshop is like coming home from a party. The carefully stowed paraphernalia, pre-workshop, is now a bit haphazard. Like the “shall I take off my mascara at 1.30am before I go to bed?” conundrum, is the dilemma of the buckets. Being too tired to do the right thing is such a drag.
Caring for your cut flowers and foliage starts before you’ve even stepped into the garden, florist or supermarket. Cleaning your buckets after they were last used means you’ll save yourself a job before you start your next floral project. However tempting, skipping this stage may be harmful to the longevity of your flowers: which won’t give you good floral value for money.
My top tips for cleaning down after a function:
- Compost the stems that have no useful purpose
- Jam jar the rest and enjoy them for a few days more
- Used floral foam belongs in the rubbish bin
- Tip the buckets out. I do this outside onto the flower beds. I’ve misfired too many times to mention when I try this operation in the kitchen sink
- Next it’s a splash of bleach and a loo brush (designated for bucket cleaning only)
- Add water and slosh and brush
- Tip bleach mix into the next bucket and repeat down the line
- Turn buckets upside down to drip dry – again a job for outside
- Stack and store ready for next time, before they become a trip hazard
Have you ever had difficulty prizing your clean buckets apart? If so, please do share your tips for getting them to slip apart easily.
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