There is an old expression that states,“ The things we own…end up owning us ” and that can certainly be the case when growing Cannabis plants. Watering our garden frequently is an essential part of growing top quality flowers and keeping plants healthy and happy. In this article, we explain the best ways to manage your garden whilst away for a short or longer period of time, covering various irrigation system solutions, mistakes to avoid and top tips.
The idea of being away from an indoor or outdoor crop is a scary thought for many home growers. The idea of relaxing on an exotic beach for 7-14 days with their partner or family, can become a major distraction, as you are anticipating the worst back home.
The main problem with having a secret indoor garden is the fact that no one else knows about it. Those who work with a small circle or by themselves have become masters of discretion. The idea of asking a stranger or friend to tend to your complex garden system whilst you are away, can be an anxiety ridden time.
This is the moment of truth and the answer most people are faced with is nobody else. On the other hand, there are hydroponic growers who work with only timers and irrigation systems that are not dependent on hand watering.
It is necessary to adapt to a hydroponic format whilst you are away. If you are planning a trip away over the Summer, then a 1-2 week vacation can make or break your unattended crop. Outdoor plants may endure heat stress and drought conditions during a pinnacle point in the plant’s life cycle, and indoor plants may seriously suffer from excessive transpiration.
Before we cover the various solutions to allow you to become self-sufficient, and to keep your indoor garden’s remaining secret, is to think about how frequently plants should be watered? What is the maximum amount of time the plants can go without any water or nutrient solution? How quickly will evaporation without watering occur? It is best not to find out the hard way and to think ahead. Not all drip irrigation systems need to be complicated, and be attached to sprinklers and outdoor taps.
In the event that you are away on a short or long trip, then using plain water and no nutrients will be the best solution. There is no need to start using chemical fertilizers, checking E.C and pH levels, and instead feed only water to an organic growing medium.
For any indoor or outdoor grower with many plants, then electric-based watering systems will be the best solution. Using a timer, pump, and reservoir that holds the water, you can rest assured your plants will be consistently administered a regulated frequency of plain water or nutrient solution.
There are two options you have to work with here, and they are either the amount of time the drippers are on for, and the volume of water the drippers produce.
If the idea of using electricity puts you off, then you can use battery powered irrigation programmers. You may have noticed these in garden centers and have a heavy-duty appearance.
For those who have a limited budget, and need a short-term solution, then below are various options that don’t require electricity or batteries. There are pros and cons to each, however may be a good solution for those away for 7 days maximum, and have a trusted friend that can be given a house key.