If you’re planning a vacation out of town, your garden will need work to ensure it’s still thriving when you return. Here’s what you need to do so that your plants will survive in your absence.
Mulch It Good
It’s always a good idea to mulch your garden. We’ve written about it many times before, and we’ll keep recommending it until every gardener embraces the power of mulch.
Add extra mulch to all your beds as well as containers to help retain as much water as possible while you’re on vacation. It’ll also help keep the weeds down.
It’s a good idea to weed a day or two before you leave on your trip, but even with the best care in the world, you’ll probably have extra weeds when you return. Such is life!
Speaking of water, your plants probably won’t survive a week or more without extra watering unless it’s a very rainy summer. That means you need to have some kind of plan in place.
If you decide to invest in an automatic system, a drip irrigation system is a good choice for vegetable gardens. You can also simply get a timer for your sprinklers or soaker hoses.
For container plants, you can DIY watering solutions by filling a wine bottle with water and sticking the mouth into the soil.
If those aren’t an option, then you’ll need to recruit help…
Find a Buddy
For vegetable gardeners, the idea of going away on vacation during summer might seem reckless. After all, your hard-earned fruit and vegetables will be rotting on the vines while your beach, right?
If you’ll be away while your produce is ripening, you’ll need a friend to come over and pick it for you. A neighbor would be ideal–especially if they don’t mind doing a little watering, too.
Make it easy on them by providing clear, simple written instructions as well as any gear they might need. Leave watering cans by the hose faucet and group your container plants together to make it easier to water. Make sure they understand when and how to harvest any vegetables–and don’t forget to supply gloves, shears, and a basket.
Most importantly, make sure they know how much you appreciate their help by bringing them back a small, thoughtful gift. Not only is it good manners, but they’ll be more likely to help you again in the future!