Here’s practical advice from Marcela De Vivo on how to make sure your survival garden survives when you’re away for a while. – John
You love your garden, but you also love to vacation. Who would have thought that these two wonderful things could create such a dilemma?
The dilemma as that, typically, the height of your gardening season will also fall on the height of vacationing season around mid-summer. Since we no longer live in a world where our gardening success is a life and death situation, it’s not worth missing out on our vacation just to keep things watered.
What if there were easy ways to keep up with it while you’re gone?
There are actually a few things you can do and, while they all involve a little equipment, pre-planning or both, they will keep your plants watered for a week or so while you’re gone.
Here are five ways to keep your plants hydrated while you’re on vacation:
1. Water and mulch — Mulch acts as a kind of moisture-trapping agent when applied over the top of an already-watered garden bed. If you’re only going to be gone for a week or less, giving your plants a healthy soak and throwing some mulch around them should hold moisture for the duration of that time.
2. Watering bulbs — You can get watering bulbs for both outdoor and indoor plants. While they can be a bit pricey (depending on where you get them), they’ll keep your plants watered for up to two weeks.
3. Timed sprinkler — Again, this is an option that’s likely to cost you a little bit of money, unless you’re a tremendous gardening enthusiast who already has a sprinkler timer on hand. This will work particularly well for larger outdoor gardens, where you’ll have more space to cover. If that’s the case, go with the sprinkler as opposed to the watering bulbs.
4. Drip irrigation system — They sound complex, but a drip irrigation system is fairly inexpensive and easy to setup. You can use the same type of timer that you would on a sprinkler, so if you already have that on hand, the only thing you will need to add is the irrigation hoses that usually just snap together.
Some people use these to water their garden all the time. Chances are that if you invest in one for vacation, you’ll use it on a regular basis, whether you’re around to take care of things or not.
5. Offer fresh garden veggies to friends — When you’re gone during the summer, there’s nothing you can do to keep veggies from ripening and falling off the plants. One way to deal with this is to tell friends to stop by and pick whatever they want, and just add “Hey, while you’re there, could you give them a little water?”
People will be happy to take some fresh veggies off of your hands. In most cases, they’ll volunteer to water before you even have to ask them.
6. Rain barrel and soaker hose — A rain barrel is a fantastic tool for any gardener if you do not have one already. They are able to collect rain from your drain pipes so that you may use the collected water as free water.
Hooking a slow soaker hose up to your rain barrel will keep things watered as long as you’re gone. If you use a little too much water, you will not have to worry as you are not paying for it.
Following these simple gardening tips can give you peace of mind while you are away on vacation.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California whose writing covers several different industries, including health, technology, law and more. She also writes for Process Sensors. As a frequent traveler and gardener, she uses these gardening tips to ensure that her garden will not perish while she is away on vacation.
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