Caring for plants while traveling is essential to keep your vegetable garden thriving. Enjoy your vacation without worry by following these simple tips.
No matter how big or small your garden is, ask someone to care for or look in on your plants for you.
Even if you have an irrigation system, it’s still wise to ask someone to check in on them to make sure everything is working properly while you are away.
Before leaving for vacation, explain to caretakers how to water plants and harvest vegetables that are ready. Here's what to say.
Focus on watering roots instead of the plant foliage to help prevent pests and disease.
Describe how long to water each plant or container because “watering” is subjective. I typically ask caretakers to water 10 seconds per area.
Ask caretakers to water plants as early as possible in the day so they can dry out before nighttime. Watering later in the day or evening hours promotes pests and disease problems because it gets dark and the temps cool down.
Ask caretakers to harvest any ripened fruits or vegetables so that they don’t rot or get eaten by pests while away.
Follow along to learn more about caring for gardens while on vacation.