Going on a trip or vacation for a few days or months? For a gardener, it is a bittersweet experience when you think of having to leave your plants for a while. Concerns will be hanging over your head; “who will be watering the plants?” and so on. Follow through and get some of the helpful tips you need.
- Get someone to take care
If you are going for a few days or months, you might need to get somebody who will be watering and tendering the plants on your behalf. Here, you may need to go for a neighbor or close friend who understands all about gardening. It is also imperative to give clear instructions/guidelines on the watering, pruning and harvesting schedule. When travelling for long, like a few months or a year, you may need to have low maintenance plants, crops that will require little attention.
- Make sure the garden is tidy before you go
Weeds compete for the limited nutrients and moisture in the soil and this will affect the growth of your crops. Try to pull out the weeds and a bit of thinning to remove the crowded plants. This will reduce competition and ensure healthy growth of the crop. Spray some pesticides (see review on Igardenplanting.Com) to keep the aphids and other pests away. A healthy plant will survive for long and even give good yields.
- Water the garden beforehand
Before you go, water everything sufficiently. Drip irrigation could work best especially when going for an extended period. Consider installing a soaker hose, which works with an automatic timer. These will ensure that the plants are watered regularly; again, some of the pesticides and the soluble fertilizer can be soaked in this water.
- Consider Mulching
Dry organic matter is laid around the plants, and this helps calm the roots and prevents moisture evaporation. Mulching also inhibits the growth of weeds around the crop and therefore no competition for the little available resources. The dry matter should be limited to three inches to avoid making a habitation for snails and slugs.
- Keep off mowing
There is always a temptation for one to do the mowing on the lawn before you travel. As much as this might look ideal, it may endanger the survival of the plants. Longer grass is able to tolerate harsh conditions than the freshly mowed lawn.
- Container plants
Container plants are very sensitive because they depend on limited resources around the basin or container. It is advisable to move the plants to a shade so that you can reduce on the rate of evaporation. It would take longer for the moisture and nutrients to be depleted under cold conditions than when exposed to direct sunlight. When leaving for more than a month, consider soaking the containers on a plastic Kiddie pool with two to three inches of water.
Do not lose your many years’ hard labor in a few days or months. You must plan your travel so that you have sufficient time to attend to your garden. Ensure all is in place, predict where possible and prepare your plants adequately.