Tips for Maintaining Your Garden While on Holiday

Holiday times are great moments when one takes a break from work to relax and feel rejuvenated. Often, families plan for a winter holiday, end of year holiday for a couple of days to enjoy as a family, a group, or solo.

While all these factors are taken into consideration, one should not forget the garden that has made the home a beautiful place to live in.

Other plantations are birthday presents from loved ones, and they add so much love. Holding on to them and leaving them for a vacation is never a surprise.

The flowers, landscaping, kitchen garden, all form a basis of looking for ways of managing it while on vacation, and no one is around to take care.

Whether taking a weekend off from home or extended days, we have a few tips for maintaining your garden as below.

#1 - Tilling the Soil;

  • This is the first and foremost point. While plants need moisture to keep them fresh and hydrated, hard ground cannot allow the moisture to penetrate through the roots. 
  • It's paramount, therefore, essential to cultivate the entire garden, give the soil a soft feel.
  • Ensure to use proper tools usually used for home gardening, such as the hand trowel, the shovel to assist in reaching out to the tiny spaces in the garden.
  • Make sure that the garden is also well protected from predators, which may invade the garden in your absence and mess up with the plants. Fence all-round, use tools such as the cordless drill to drive any fasteners when securing the area.
  • To manage water efficiency in the soil after tilling the area, water the plants as much as possible before leaving.  Apply hygroscopic humectants which work like small water magnets to draw water together.
  • This helps to convert any unavailable moisture in the soil into usable water drips.
  • After cultivation is complete you can use a tool for measuring plant moisture to check on how moist your ground is. If you're going through a dry patch increasing your watering is recommended and measuring the soil's moisture routinely.

#2 - Use of Automatic Sprinklers;

  • With the advanced technology, maintaining the plants in your absence is no longer a challenge.
  • One of the useful products is installing outdoor faucets.
  • This is where the automatic sprinklers and timers will keep watering the plants depending on the set times. Besides, the Wi-Fi enabled devices will enable you to control them remotely and access the weather condition.
  •  In the instance when it’s wet, you can put them off to prevent overwatering the plants.

#3 - Mulching;

  • Watering alone is not enough. This is because, at times, technology may fail, and the plants end up drying. To conserve the moisture at all times, practice mulching.
  • Organic leaves, dry glass can be used to cover the stems and the entire ground.

#4 - Find a friend to take care of the plants when away;

  • Friends are there to help in times of need, and this is one way that one can use to manage the plants.
  • A good and trusted neighbor will work out to ensure that the plants are watered daily. The best thing is to leave a hosepipe outside the main house where he can connect to the primary source of water and do the needful.
  • The same case applies to you when you are around, and he is away. Support in checking over his garden, and he would never fail you.
  • Leave any tools that may be required to prune or till some needy area before your return. For instance, if a flower is falling, some of the tools can be used to restore it to its reasonable condition.

#5 - Train a family member to help;

  • We do not expect to travel with the family members at all times. For instance, when going on a business trip, traveling solo is the order of the day.
  • Technology has it enough when it comes to automatic sprinklers and timers.
  • However, there are times when one will need to water some of the plants using jugs or water sprayers.
  • It’s essential to train a family member to take up the responsibilities while you are away.
  • If they may forget, put a plant indicator somewhere within the vicinity. Check for the once that wilt fast. This will quicken their minds and remember that there is a duty to complete.
  • An indicator plant is useful in giving the person in charge knows the amount of water to use.

#6 - Do proper planning for vacation;

  • Winter periods are better spent away from home. In any case, why take a vacation when there is sunshine, warmth, and conducive weather for outdoor activities during summer.
  • It’s worth noting that you may not need anyone to water the plants, neither the sprinklers during winter. The weather alone is enough to keep your plants hydrated.
  • You will only need a bit of first aid when you get back home on any dying plants.

#7 - Harvest time;

  • Do you know that you can plan well ahead of your holiday on the tentative days for harvesting?
  • Yes, this is possible to count the dates and plan to harvest days before leaving. This will give ample time to organize for storage, sale of any extra, and even gift the neighbors and friends.
  • Therefore time the planting season and harvest time in this matter.

#8 - Open the field for the wild;

  • This may look sarcastic buy should all these other options fail, do you have to stop your holiday because of plants? No, why not open the garden for the wild animals such as rabbits to feast on them. After all, the vacation could bring better returns than worrying so much.
  • After coming back, release the chicken to go and clear any leftovers before cultivating it once again. Cast all the worries behind and purpose to enjoy the holiday.
  • Gardening is one of the most fulfilling activities at home.
  • It not only provide vegetable foods s but is a leisure activity, makes the compound look beautiful, and brings botanical life at home. We hope these tips will help you maintain your beautiful garden even if you are not available to take care of them yourself.

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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