How to Care for Your Plants While On Vacation Gardening | 6 July 2015 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest July is prime time for gardeners to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of their labors. It’s also when many gardeners choose to head out of town for a relaxing vacation. Leaving your plants can be like leaving a pet. Who will take care of them while you’re away? No one wants to come home from vacation to find wilted flowers and a crispy lawn! Luckily, this excerpt from Minnesota & Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening has all this tips you need to help you care for your plants while you’re on vacation. Source – Minnesota and Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening (Cool Springs Press) Most planting is done, and you may be ready to pack up the car or head to the airport on vacation. As you prepare for your trip, remember to arrange a sitter for your garden. Containers will need to be watered, vegetables harvested, and plants tended. Finding a qualified plant sitter can be difficult. Consider bartering with a fellow gardener; you’ll tend their garden while they’re away if they do the same for you. Or perhaps one of your apartment-bound friends would love the opportunity. If these aren’t options, check with garden groups, technical colleges with horticulture programs, or master gardeners. They may be willing to help you for a fee. Whoever you find, make the job easy so they are more likely to be successful and help you again. Leave directions for harvesting and care. Group containers together in a partially shaded location near a water source. It will take less time for them to water all the containers when they are grouped together, and the plants will need less frequent watering in the shade. Plus your friend won’t overlook that one container tucked into the corner of the garden. Source – Minnesota and Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening (Cool Springs Press) Or, purchase or create a self-watering device. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water. Run cloth strips from the bucket to the soil of the container. As the soil dries, the cloth wicks the water from the reservoir to the container. Test it before leaving town. If you travel a lot, consider self-watering pots. They can extend the time between waterings. Or, plant individual specimens of canna, papyrus, and elephant ears in nursery pots filled with water garden potting mix. Set them into large decorative containers without drainage holes. The potted plants sit in water in the large pots to create a mini water garden. This is a great container solution for busy gardeners and those who travel a lot. Soaker hoses are a good way to distribute low volumes of water where you need it. Source – Minnesota and Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening (Cool Springs Press) Consider installing soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems for the water lovers in your landscape. Your plant sitter will be able to water with just a turn of the faucet. Add a timer, and all they have to do is check to make sure everything is working properly. This addition may also make your gardening easier. And give directions for storing or using the produce from your garden. Your plant sitter may find this a great bonus, and you will be happy to know your fresh produce is being enjoyed. To learn more about keeping your northern garden looking gorgeous year-round, check out Minnesota and Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening. Minnesota & Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening What to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year Melinda Myers (author) From planting, watering, and fertilizing to routine maintenance and problem solving, Minnesota & Wisconsin Month-by-Month Gardening educates gardeners of all skill levels on the best practices for satisfying, rewarding results. More Information Buy from an Online Retailer Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.