How to Water Outdoor Plants While on Vacation


It is disappointing to come home from a vacation only to find all of the plants that you worked so hard to grow and maintain, withered and dead. There are a number of easy and efficient ways to water your plants while you are away. Therefore, you can return home and find your outdoor plants still thriving.

How to Water Outdoor Plants While on Vacation

Step 1

Recycle milk jugs by poking pin holes randomly into the bottom. Fill the milk jug with water and set it in between two plants. The water will slowly drip out, keeping the surrounding ground moist.

Step 2

Set your garden sprinkler on a timer. The best time to water plants is in the early morning. Adjust the timer to regulate the duration and frequency of the watering.

Step 3

Utilize a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems connect to the water faucet and allow the water to slowly seep out to the soil. Irrigation lines should be positioned around the plants according to the package directions.

Step 4

Add water-absorbing crystals to the soil. Absorbing crystals are polymers that are added to the soil and expand when watered. The crystals slowly release the absorbed water, keeping the soil moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Regardless of your chosen method of watering, these methods are not guaranteed. If you plan to be away for longer than 10 days, ask a friend or neighbor to care for your plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Recycled milk jugs (one for every two plants)
  • Straight pin
  • Timer
  • Sprinkler
  • Drip-irrigation system
  • Water absorbing crystals


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