I was meaning to talk about the garden when you go on vacation for a longer period of time, but we were really only gone for one day of harvest because I had an accident that required me to come home early (I slipped on a creek crossing and fell on a rock, breaking my Scapula (shoulder blade) on the second day). Bummer for the camping vacation...bummer for the rest of the summer...
Anyhow, what do you do with the garden when you are on vacation?
First of all you have to water your ground crops so you really want an automated irrigation system in place. This is a bit of work to set up, but saves time throughout the year. Fruit trees are a bit more flexible and can go weeks without watering.
The second problem you will have is coming back to 10 pound zuchinni which then shut the plants down for the season.
The biggest problem I see is that you tend your garden and trees all year and if you are gone for two weeks you may just find that you missed the entire peach season!! This has happened for one of our trees a couple of years ago...left the house with rock hard peaches, came back to them all rotting on the ground. We learned from that and now tell our neighbors that we will be gone and to harvest peaches. Who in their right mind would not spend the few minutes to come over to harvest perectly ripe peaches! After a few years of harvests you can pretty much predict what will be ripe to the week and inform your very lucky neighbors.
So, you will not be able to harvest when you are gone...nor could I on the day that we were gone.
Day 6: 4 Apriums ($2.00)
Day 7: gone
Day 8: Handfull of cherry tomatos (priceless!!)
Handfull of Strawberries
Total (Year-to-Date): $32.00