Plants need water. You may like to take your vacation in the peak of summer, but being left alone for a week or two is hard on your garden. Your garden will fare better if you focused on drought tolerant plants and you’ve mulched and gotten your garden down to needing only 1 watering per week. Even so, hot temperatures, spotty showers and unforeseen problems can set you up for disappointment, when you come home. You can always pray for rain, but here are some more practical ideas for watering your plants while you are on vacation.
Water Well and Mulch.
If you are only going to be gone a week or less, you may be able to get away with a good soaking and a layer of mulch. Mulched plants lose 25% less water than unmulched plants. Of couse, it all depends on the weather. Some plants may wilt or become stressed, but you probably won’t lose any.
If you already have a few inches of mulch on the garden bed, you probably don’t need to add more. You don’t want the mulch to be so deep that the crown of the plant is buried. In this case, just be sure that the soil beneath the mulch is wet several inches below the surface. Push your shovel through and check in several spots.
If you want to add more mulch, you don’t need to re-mulch the entire bed. Mulching around the plant roots will suffice.
Author - MARIE IANNOTTI