Forget Me Not: How to Look After Your Garden Space on Vacation

If you’re lucky enough to live in New York, you already know that you need a break from the Big Apple bustle every so often. But if you are one of the growing number of residents that have a plot in one of the city’s community gardens, an important question arises: How are you going to keep tabs on your garden space? Don’t worry - here are a few ideas. 

Set up a Watering System

Plants need water to survive, and this could be the one element that may cause the most anxiety about your garden when you go on vacation. However, there are several options at your disposal designed to remove this element of anxiety. However, you may need to prepare a few things for them to work properly.

For instance, you can use a drip irrigation system, which is designed to gradually provide your plants with a steady, timed supply of water while you’re away. There are two essential elements that you must have for this method to be effective. Firstly, you must have access to a spigot. Several gardens are designed to have this feature, but not all of them do. If you do, you’ll also need to purchase a hose to distribute the water to your plants. You may also need a timer to turn the water supply on and off.

The Power of Mulch

You can prepare for your vacation by preparing your plant for your impending absence. The way to do this is to set up a mulch barrier around your plant. This will enable your plant to retain water for a longer period, making it easier to nurture. What’s more, a good mulch barrier can help keep the weeds away, leading to overall better plant health.

Mind the Pesky Pests

Before you head out on your vacation, you may want to give your plant a thorough inspection to make sure there aren’t any pests waiting to pounce. If you see an indication that unwanted bugs are making a home out of your plants, you can remove them in gentle ways that won’t cause disruptions to neighboring plants. If you’re growing fruit in your garden, you can further mitigate impending bug problems by harvesting ready-to-go fruit.

Ask a Neighbor

Finally, don’t be shy about asking a fellow gardener to keep an eye on your plants while you’re away. Remember, a community garden is also designed to bring people together within the neighborhood, and this should hopefully cultivate a natural sense of camaraderie. As such, you should be able to find someone willing to lend you a hand. Just remember to return the favor afterward.

If you follow these basic rules, you’ll be able to break away from the Big Apple and enjoy a vacation in peace. When you return, your garden will look just as good as it did when you left it. The city probably looks just as good, too.