Get Your Plants to Water Themselves

If you’re going on holiday and you don’t want your vegetables to die from a lack of water, these vegetable garden tips will absolutely ensure that they survive your time away. Let’s face it, if you’re going on holiday, chances are – so is everybody else! Your neighbours, friends and, of course, family. So, it’s pointless asking them to take care of your plants but, if you follow these tips, you won’t need them.

Mulching

I’m sure you are well aware of the many benefits of mulching plants because it keeps the ground moist and stops water from evaporating too quickly. Plants like that and it also saves you money because you don’t have to apply water as often.

But here’s the thing. Don’t make the mistake of watering the mulch. Rather, water the soil thoroughly first and then put the mulch on. This will cause the moisture in the soil to last longer – sometimes up to a month using sugar cane mulch. You could test this in your area yourself before leaving.

Irrigation Spikes

These irrigation spikes are very easy to use. Grab some used plastic bottles, screw the spikes to the bottles and fill with water. Then insert the spikes into the soil next to your plants.

Indoor Plants

There are several methods to handle indoor plants – some good, some not so good, like the one where you place your plants in the bath with a wet towel. That doesn’t work so well because the towel tends to dry out.

But I particularly like this method because it’s simple and it works.

Get a large, flat tray with no holes and lay several sponges at the bottom. Use ordinary household sponges as they’re cheap and are perfectly adequate for this. Fill with water to cover the sponges and then take your potted plants and place them on top of the sponges.

Leave plenty of space between the plants to ensure that air circulates freely as this will greatly reduce the chances of attracting fungi.

Find a shady spot like on a patio or veranda and put the tray there. Don’t put the tray in direct sunlight; just choose an area where the plants will receive enough daylight while you’re away.

Self – Watering Containers and Probes

If you have some money to spend, a very good option is to use self – watering containers and probes. There are so many different ones available that you won’t have any problem finding those that fit your needs and budget – for example, the Aqua Planter, EarthBox Garden Kit and Vacation Plant Waterers (self – watering probes) are all worth trying.

Just make sure that you set them up properly and follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t get a nasty surprise (dead plants) when you return.

These are all good vegetable garden tips to follow. If nothing else, you won’t feel guilty about leaving your vegetable plants behind and, therefore, will enjoy your holiday a lot more.