What’s not to love about going away on holiday? No matter where you’re headed this summer, surely you’re getting excited just thinking about it! But as you get to preparing and thinking about everything you need to do before you leave (ahem, shopping trip, ahem), something not-so-exciting has probably crossed your mind: “How will my plants survive?”
This question is an important one indeed, because we all know that leaving your green friends unattended can be bad news. But as you’re filling your closet with new vacation-ready threads, you can also start prepping your garden in advance to make sure your plants stay happy and healthy while you’re on holiday.
It’s good to keep in mind that newly seeded veggie beds as well as small pots and hanging baskets will need a little more preparation than established plants in garden beds. Plants in big planters are also known to be more resilient—so, with this knowledge, you’ll be able to discern which techniques are best for your garden while you’re on vacation.
No matter how near or far you venture this summer, here are some things you can do to leave your garden well-attended while you enjoy a much-needed break. We broke it down for you depending on the length of your vacation, so it should be easy for you to figure out!
Mini Break (3-4 Days Away)
So maybe you’re just going away for long weekend—that’s plenty of time for you to be able to relax and unwind. Plus, it makes your work-week shorter! If you’re only going away for about three to four days, you have a lot less to worry about than those who plan on being gone for a good while.
Give your plants a good soaking before you leave. Most garden plants will do fine for at least a weekend if you water them thoroughly just before you head out the door.
Install low-tech watering systems. If you plan on staying away for as long as about four days, you might want to take another preventive measure to ensure your plants don’t go thirsty while you’re sipping a margarita on the beach somewhere. We like this DIY self-waterer.
Summer Vacation (7 Days Away)
It’s the moment you (and the kids) wait for all year long—that full week you can finally steal away and truly unplug. Since seven days is quite a long time to be away from your plants (certainly longer than a weekend), there’s one technique we suggest for your garden.
Rely on an automatic watering system. If you don’t already have one, installing a drip irrigation system is not only a great way to keep your plants healthy, but it’s also a smart water conservation solution. Just put a timer on your spigot and let the system do the rest; you’ll love having this method even when you get home.
Long Trip (2-3 Weeks Away)
You know when you really just need to get away? Same. For those of you who are embarking on an immersive adventure that keeps you away from home for more than two weeks, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have plans in place for your garden.
Phone a friend. The best thing you can do in this situation is to get a friend or trusted third party to either house sit or at least check on your home once a week. House sitters can water your plants for you while also ensuring your abode stays safe and taken care of. You can even hire a garden sitter specifically focused on keeping your garden weed-free, deer-resistant, and thriving.
Far Away Holiday (4 Weeks or More)
Are you sure you’re not just abandoning your home? Just kidding. If you’ve got a big trip in the books, there’s a possibility that you’ve had it planned for a long time, which means you can also plan far ahead in terms of your garden.
Install a low-maintenance garden. If you’re aware of your trip far enough in advance, you may want to consider starting with a low-maintenance garden in the first place. This will save a lot of headaches and fallen soldiers when you do go on holiday. There are many different plant varieties that don’t require much water, so stick with those to be safe.
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