How to water your plants and trees while you are away

Summer is already here and many countries are already lifting restrictions on flights; surely you have everything ready for your next trip, but wait! Don’t you forget something? Your trees! Because of the pandemic, I was forced to stay home and have been using plants as a distraction. Trees and plants are like little children that you must take care of even when you are not at home and it is much more important to know what to do when you go on a trip and you have to leave them alone.

Don’t worry, your trees can survive if you follow these tips that I learned from my friends at Arborist Direct Glasgow, the best tree surgeons you can find in Glasgow. When you return from your vacation you will see your plants beautiful, green, and lovely as always.

How to keep your plants alive while you’re on the go

Plastic or glass bottle technique

The first trick is quite interesting; it is about using a plastic or glass bottle. It is a well-known one and it works wonders.

  • The procedure is very easy, the first thing you have to do is get a plastic or glass bottle. If you choose a glass bottle I recommend the bottles of wine or those used for beers, if your plant is smaller.
  • If you use the plastic bottle you only have to pierce the cap, fill your bottle with water and close it.
  • Open a hole in the ground so that the mouth of the bottle fits from the middle to the bottom of your pot. You don’t need to use tools to do it.
  • Grab your pre-punched plastic bottle from the cap and place it upside down quickly:
  • In case the pot you have is bigger and you decide to use a bottle of wine, remove the cork (since you are not going to use it) and fill it with water.
  • Carry out the same procedure and voila!
  • Of course, if you want to give it a touch that makes it look more aesthetic, you can decorate it to your liking.

Learn about the Cotton Thread Technique

The second piece of advice that I can give you is to use thick cotton thread which, due to its properties, will allow your trees to absorb water through it.

• Cut lengths of about a meter (or whatever distance you think is convenient) of thick cotton yarn.

• Fill a large pot of water.

• Try to place the pot on a flat, sturdy surface to prevent it from falling.

• Bury one end of the thread in the soil of your trees and put the other end of the thread inside the pot with water, taking care that the thread does not come out.

• Ready! Now you can enjoy your vacations without having to worry about your trees being neglected.

You should also consider the following tips:

The first option that we always contemplate to take care of the trees during our vacations is to entrust the task of watering them to a relative, acquaintance, or neighbor. So if you have the opportunity to have someone you trust to take care of it, don’t miss it. Now, if this is not your case, don’t worry, here are some ideas to ensure the health of your trees in your absence.

1. It is important that before leaving the house, you take care of watering all the plants and removing their damaged parts, as well as the branches and dry leaves. This will make the branches absorb less water during your vacation time. Especially in summer, your trees will require special and specific care.

2. One of the more traditional methods of keeping plants moist until our return is to place the pots in the tub. Before doing so, you should cover the drain, put a cloth or plastic covering the bottom and place an absorbent object on it to support the pots, whether they are bricks or other wooden supports. Once you place the plants, fill the tub with water to cover approximately 5 cm in height. Thus, they will absorb water when they need it.

3. Finally, you can also resort to hydro-gardens. They are flower pots that have a water tank at the bottom, which supplies water to the roots of the trees. It is an option that you can take advantage of throughout the year but it is more expensive since each pot needs one of them.

All these techniques are effective to take care of both trees and plants during your holidays, although it is best to combine one and the other. For example, use hydro-planters for larger trees and home remedies such as placing smaller plants in the tub.

If you want to read more similar articles, we recommend that you search the Internet where you can find wonderful tips for travelers like you. Again I want to thank the professional Tree Surgeons and Arborists at Arborist Direct Glasgow for their great assistance.

The only reason preventing you from traveling as much as you want

Every year you dream that it will finally be the year when you make it happen.

You start to fantasize, to get your hopes up in your head, to imagine yourself in the place, but the most important thing is…

You are NOT drawing a PLAN that brings you closer to the goal.

Without a clear and detailed plan where you mark your goals, you will never achieve them.

Without an established plan, it becomes very difficult to overcome all the barriers that you encounter along the way. But if you trace it, plan it and break it down into smaller objectives, you will be able to overcome them with less effort and get a good feel for being successful.

From all this, you can learn a lot from Management books.

They have taught me things like:

• Organize better.         

• Take advantage of the time I have in the best possible way.

• Apply productivity to all aspects of my life to live with less stress.

•Say no. You cannot be at all as much as we want, although you would freak out if I tell you everything I carry forward.

• Set realistic, attainable and well-defined goals to crush every year. (I have a thousand adventures in my head).

• To be able to grow the project and enjoy my free time doing what I like most; Sport and adventure travel.

I hope this brief process will help you materialize your next great trip.

Final words

As you can see, the first step to achieve this is to give it sufficient priority on a day-to-day basis. There will be a thousand problems, inconveniences, impediments that make it difficult to achieve, but the only and most important will be your resistance to carrying it out.

In the end, when the goals are achieved, the habit of doing new things for the first time and living new experiences regularly is acquired.

Besides, when planned clearly and realistically, we learn to use them in all aspects of life. This means that we can make more progress in everything we propose and create a continuous snowball that makes us act more consistently without ever having to make the effort.

The reward is so good that it hooks. That feeling of getting everything you want makes you live life with more intensity.

Travel as a volunteer…

I mean to explore the world and also help … it sounds good, right? And what if you also do your project? Sounds even better, doesn’t it?
We have all considered dedicating our efforts and energy to more noble issues than those that consume us every day.
Or at least, devote ourselves to more related needs to us, to what we truly have inside. That area we forget sometimes. That area where we feel and is close to the heart. Fulfill that area who feeds the soul.
Tell your boss: “Not today, pretty. Today I decided to travel as a volunteer and save the world. ”
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But, how to start?

Choosing an NGO: Where to look?

As in everything, there are good, bad and very bad NGOs. And you are not going to volunteer in any way. It’s about your effort being useful.
What to do then? If you search on the Internet you can get lost in a sea of information and existing organizations. Do you choose the big ones with their complex and eternal processes? Or choose small ones with the risk of being alone in a useless project?
I decided to dedicate my effort to medium and small NGOs where I had more global projects. And also, places with less bureaucracy and obstacles to enter. Places where the help was more direct to the problem and without having to pay the structures of the big organizations.
But how to look for these NGOs? Because it depends on which one you choose, you run the risk of being in the middle of a poorly planned project.
On the Internet, many pages qualify and certify this type of organization. You can find a huge number of reliable pages, where NGOs are classified according to the type of project, location, etc.

Which NGO to choose?

We have said that to travel voluntarily in a useful way, we will focus on small or medium-sized NGOs that are also reliable. We´ll be considering the big ones too, but they are the ones you already know.
In short, you should look one by one and see which projects you like most and the geographical area where you want to go. I advise you to create a huge list so that you can stay with a smaller group of “candidate” NGOs.

Time for Action!

Perfect! Now it only remains to send an email to each of the NGOs that interested. You have to send them, one by one, the cover letter you wrote before.
It seems like a lie. But many people hang here or in the search.
And you know what the reason is?
Yes. The doubt, the complexes … FEAR.
But I tell you, don’t worry, and don’t be intimidated by fear. Go ahead with your project and you will see that in a short time you will be carrying it out.

How to get out of the comfort zone

I have long realized that people have a hard time getting out of their daily routine (especially in Scotland, my homeland). Every time I try to make plans with someone who doesn’t usually make plans, they end up procrastinating and at the last minute back out.

I’ve always wondered why this sudden change was due when they had been excited all week wanting to do it. But I have discovered I´m guilty of this crime myself too but to a lesser degree.

People can put very bad excuses at the last minute just before leaving that point where they felt safe and secure. But we can all learn to overcome this, especially if you want to make trips to many destinations.

How do I overcome the comfort zone barrier?

You have to convince yourself that what goes through your head is not real; it is simply that your mind is sabotaging you.

Although it is good to have respect for fear because it can help you focus and thus avoid danger.

Of course, if you let fear dominate you can end nervous, anxious, sweating, crying, trembling, angered, frustrated, confused and a long list of horrible sensations.

As you get smaller challenges, you will feel more comfortable when facing unknown situations. You will have a series of experiences in the head to turn to when you need them.

Regardless of what you are going to do, whether you are going to do a high-level mountain route, a grade 6 climb, or talk in public, here are some tips that can help you take the step and not get stuck.

• Breathe deeply and in a controlled manner.

• Try to visualize the results you want.

• Sit quietly and be conscious of the posture you have.

• Listen to motivational music or to people who motivate you.

• See how someone did it before you and do it, as NIKE says: Just Do It.

• Think of all the things that scared you, but that you have managed to overcome.

• Don’t think and focus on the action of the present.

• Do not block your emotions.

• Lean on a mentor or someone you trust (but note, not that it doesn’t make you a dependent person).

• Start saying yes when you usually say no.

• Don’t plan things so much and learn to enjoy even what goes wrong.

• Change your route to work.

• Accept uncertainty and the unknown.

• Surround yourself with people who are always overcoming challenges and living adventures.

• Let yourself be carried away by the spontaneous actions that occur around you.

• If the strategy you use works, you will begin to feel comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

Adventures, whether large or small, are wonderful ways to learn in life, so I am addicted to them just as adrenaline junkie that these experiences produce.

“Life is much more interesting when you go further.”

I hope you liked this article, tell me what moments you have had when leaving the comfort zone and what you have done to face it, and if you have not yet left what are your biggest problems to leave.


And you, in how many countries have you been?

The important thing is not in how many, but in which you have lived and experienced their culture.
It depends on who asks and who of the answer, but this is one of the most absurd questions that can be asked. It gives us no real clue as to who we have in front of us.
There are even many travelers who do not even know how many countries they have already traveled.
I do know which ones I have traveled to. But I consider it much more important, in how many of them I have had enriching experiences, I have immersed myself in the local culture or met incredible people.

In how many countries have I been?

I’d rather say that I’ve been to 58 places that made me sigh, 3 countries that hated me when I loved them. Other numbers: A plane and 4 buses that I lost. And what about the 7 nights I sleep in airports and the more than 30 hours waiting for someone to get me in their car because I was hitchhiking.
I have 12 indelible hugs on the road and 17 gazes I will never forget. 3 girls, I loved in 10 different countries. 8 sunsets recorded on the retina and 2 stunning sunrises.
I cried in 6 countries, 4 of them were tears of happiness. I smiled at 33. And I burst out laughing in more than 20 of them; none was for compromise.
I can count 11 sleepless nights, 9 beds in which I slept a lot and one of them in which I lay down without asking permission.
In one country they gave me wise advice that I did not understand until a few days ago.
I made 3 promises that I kept and another 3 who are still unfulfilled. More than 10 dreams come true but there almost 30 in the bedroom waiting to come true.
I have made about 127 mistakes of which I do not regret any and would make them again if I had the opportunity.
I have learned hundreds of traveling lessons, but none like those three.
I have taken thousands of photographs, but whenever I see that image I have a chill that runs through my whole body.
I have 11 goodbyes of which in two I never really wanted to say goodbye. In 3 of them, the tears of sadness jumped at me. Five mixed feelings and two bad memories that became anecdotes.
I got lost in 18 countries, I found myself in 7 of them.
I made 87 friends on the route from 46 different countries. 19 forgot me, plus the 28 that I neglected. With the rest I still have contact and I hope to hug them very soon.
Sometimes, I miss the caresses I received in Malta, beer and Polish soups. The sex in Brazil was great two. And I fell in love with the people of the Balkans. And to your blue eyes, those I’m going to miss so much.