Smart Watering Plant Sitters: How to Not Kill Your Garden While on Vacation
Have you ever come home from a holiday to find that your plants are suffering from extreme thirst? Or even worse, have you come home to find the plants dead? It’s not always easy to get a plant sitter and it’s also not reasonable to stay home all the time. Heck, we all need to get away for the weekend and enjoy a little downtime. Your plants, however, keep on growing tirelessly even when you want to take a break.
Summer is the perfect time for weekend getaways like camping, cottaging, and boating. It’s also the time that the garden works the hardest. Summer heat and sun can be brutal on plants, with new plants, containers, annuals, and vegetables needing daily watering. Just one three-day long weekend can mean the end of these plants as they dry up and scorch in the hot sun.
After all of that hard work spring planting, you definitely don’t want that to happen!
If you can, work out a buddy system with some neighbors and water each others’ plants. But, with so many people planning to skip town in the summer, you may not be able to find a garden helper when you need it most.
I’ve had this happen to me often enough that I have put in some research and tried out some cool high-tech and low-tech products that can help to save the day (and your plants!).
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Lee Valley Tools, who also provided me with the products to try. All opinions shared here are based on my own experiences. Lee Valley Tools is giving away one of these smart watering plant sitters to one of our readers, so be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!
Smart Watering Plant Sitters for Your Garden
When it’s sunny out you need to water the most.That’s why this solar-powered automatic watering system is so brilliant! The Solar Drip Watering Kit is powered by the sun to water up to twelve 20-litre (5.2 gallon) pots or a 39′ vegetable row. The pump unit irrigates at 3-hour intervals and has a five-setting dial to let you adjust how much water is released. Hook this baby up to a rain barrel and your garden watering is completely hands-free.
This Wi-Fi Water Timer allows you to attach up to four hoses, each with a different schedule. You can set up the timer on the webpage that goes with the product, then access it from anywhere that has the internet (which is everywhere). You can change the settings manually based on the weather forecast, which is conveniently located right on the webpage.Set this timer up with a bunch of sprinklers, soaker hoses, or spot soakers, depending on what sort of watering program you garden needs. This handy system is something you will use for the whole season, not just vacationing. It’s also ideal for watering at non-peak times and when watering restrictions are in place.
If you want a whole vegetable garden that self-waters, you will love the Vegepod® Container Garden. This 10 square foot garden has a self-watering reservoir that holds 32L (8.5 gallons) of water. It also comes with a mesh tent that keeps flying insects off your veggies (see ya, carrot rust fly!) as well as a cool misting system.