Authored by Michelle Whyte
It can almost seem like gardeners, and their garden, are partners for life. Which can become a problem if your second passion is travel, after-all, who would water the plants, feed them with necessary nutrients, and make sure they are doing alright in your absence?
Unlike other activities like business or construction, where you can easily take a break, gardening is much like childcare. Your plants need the necessary attention and nurturing to get the best out of them.
But can frequent travelers run a successful garden? The answer is absolutely!
We have put together some tips for those who have a passion for their garden as well as frequent travel, so you’re able to succeed at them both.
Gardening Advice for Frequent Travelers
Enlist Someone to do it on your Behalf
The adage, ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself,’ does not apply in certain situations, especially for travelers. You will eventually need to entrust someone with your precious garden, one way or another.
Leave instructions, preferably written, on the watering schedules, feeding, pruning, and harvesting, but make sure they are people you can trust. Mostly, make sure to promise them a kind of remuneration or reward as motivation.
You can also hire the services of a professional to care for the garden while away, but this does come at a cost.
You can agree to tie their payment to the success of the garden though which might be a clever approach.
If you are never around, you can enter into a partnership with other gardeners, where you can share responsibilities, and pick the most convenient for you, as a frequent traveler.
You can always agree on everything including a share of the profits, depending on individual input.
Consider Convenient Gardening Systems
There are also convenient systems you can employ to help you with the gardening tasks, that you can set and forget, having them work on timers while you’re away.
For example, there are now innovative sprinklers with timers. You can program them to water your plants sufficiently at certain times of the day, and it’s all automatic.
You can also invest in robot-mowers, which don’t need your intervention to work. Robo-mowers cut the grass, and go to the charging station for recharging and docking.
Before you set off, you can apply organic mulch around the plants and water generously. The mulch will prevent water loss through evaporation for a few days.
And if you have access to worm cast or compost, the better. Worm cast serves as a mulch, provides the necessary plant food and minerals, and is a good source of beneficial microbes.
Other added benefits include clearing the soil of toxic elements, soil amendment, and moisture retention.
Potted plants like the prayer plant are the most likely to suffer when you are away for a few days. Make sure to move them to shade, and soak them well in water.
You can then place the holding container in a plastic kiddie full of water, and which should keep the plants from getting too thirsty.
Traveling can be a challenge for gardeners, but that does not mean you should not travel or go on vacation. There are always convenient ways of making sure that your plants get the necessary water and nutrients.
Regardless, it is always better to have someone check on the plants from time to time, and you can have a peace of mind.
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