For most people, vacation stress focuses on packing and traveling. For gardeners, an hour before the flight (true story) you may find us digging holes in the ground, cutting flowers, and even watering in fear.
We do not think that many gardeners are posting pleasant photos during the summer, because it is unquestionable to leave our hard-earned gardens for a week or more.
But listen, gardeners – you, too, deserve a break. That is why we have put together a list of things you can do to keep your garden happy while traveling many miles away.
Here are seven tips to help your garden survive (and thrive) this summer.
Whether you have an irrigation system or not, it is a good idea to do everything possible to keep your garden dry when you are not. One way to do this is to add some extra mud before you go.
“Prepare your garden for reduced water,” says the gardener Jessica Zao, Speakheit Chief Marketing Officer. To keep the soil moist during hot summer days, add oil to your garden beds, and water several times before your start date. When you get up in the morning, pour heavy water over it and drain off all the mud in the garden.
2. Consider adding a fence
If you live in an area where figs, deer, rabbits, or other garden pests are present, it is time to install the fence that they talked about all summer long.
“It helps to keep your fence safe when you are away,” says the gardener manager Thomas Oruruk, Journal of Horticulture. It can also provide shade for plants that can dry out in the summer heat.
If throwing big money on the fence is not on your cards, at least consider some pests and anyone who takes care of your garden.
Which brings us to the next point…
3. Select right Someone taking care of your garden
If you have been away for more than a week, you want to have someone to look after your garden – and you don’t think your neighbors can do it. Choose the right gardener or the one you pay to do the job well.
Do not trust your neighbors unless they are set up in the garden Rick Hoskins, Founder of Filter King. “If your neighbors don’t take care of their own garden, they won’t take care of you. Ask the person with the skills and interests to do the job properly.
4. Create a cheat sheet for your permanent gardener
You do not want to be frustrated if you cannot get the right pitch so invest in a good capo. Instead, create a cheat sheet to help your standing gardener, and consider naming your plants or walking together to help your plants understand what they need.
“A gardening checklist is something that every organized gardener should think about,” says Ororouk. “This is especially important if you are growing an annual plant, vegetable or new plant that you have not grown before. With proper guidance, it can be easily passed on to someone who can take care of your garden while you are away.
5. Remove any product that you do not want to use
Store simple things for your gardener by storing any products you do not want to use when you are away (eg, fertilizers, fertilizers, pesticides), and leaving only what you want the host to use. This is especially true for gardeners who travel long distances that may require watering.
“Along with your checklist, it will help you prepare the maintenance products you want your gardeners to use,” Oruruk said. Mention these in the corresponding function on your checklist to make sure the correct fertilizers, fertilizers, etc. are used on the right plants.
6. Cut back and cut off the dead head
This may sound like an outdoor exercise, but there is a good reason to kill and cut your flowers before you go on a summer vacation.
“Death heads reduce the amount of water needed, and allow your plant to use the basic amount of nutrients it needs to survive rather than flowering and seed production,” he says. Clive Harris, Creator of DIY Garden.
So go ahead and give a few bouquets of flowers to your friends, and thank you for your garden seat as a precaution!
7. Give deep water to your garden
Prepare your plants for success by giving them a last, long drink as close as possible to your start. Irrigate each plant, wash your new hammer, and double check any irrigation lines or plumbing counters.
Then, place your shovel, wash the garbage in front of you, and catch that plane. Rest awaits.