Is watering the garden fun or purely a chore!?! I suppose it depends on who you ask, right!?! Here are some Tips for Watering a Vegetable Garden. Plants need sufficient water when they are forming roots or fruiting! Not enough water and the roots won’t develop, the plants will wilt, and eventually not survive. Too much water can drown the root. And when the temperature is triple digits for weeks on in…extra water becomes totally critical! My sweet B’s like to help me care for the garden, especially now that our garden is filled with 10+ growing watermelons, we are SUPER EXCITED about harvesting them!
1. Nearly any bottle or carton can be used to create a watering can, this is especially good when caring for seedlings. We have done this and my sweet B’s love it! Turns watering the garden into a backyard water fight! You can create a watering can by poking holes in a milk gallon cap. Lots of milk caps are pop-off, but Braums and Sprouts both have milk jugs with a screw on cap.
2. A hose or a hose attachment is inexpensive, but a requires lots of manual labor, a 10×10 area would require an hour of watering to sufficiently soak the roots. A galvanized bucket makes the perfect hose storage and even has a place for your hose attachment! Attach by drilling three holes into a bucket and secure it to a fence or wall.
3. Watering with a sprinkler offers a rainfall affect for plants, and if the sprinkler is set on a timer it’s definitely convenient, but like the water hose, requires an hour of watering to reach the vegetable plant roots. A bamboo pole attached to a sprinkler helps raise the water stream above the garden so plants gets consistent amounts of moisture.
4. Soaker hoses have small pin – sized holes throughout that allows water to seep out and moisten the soil. Soaker hoses gradually add water to the soil, causing the plants to receive a thorough watering. Watering with a soaker hose can allow the roots to be reached within 15 minutes time. Moving a soaker hose around is totally a drag, so you’ll want enough hose length to be able to leave it in place. You can buy these at any store or if you have a leaky hose, poke more holes and you have a diy soaker hose!
Early morning watering is the best because less water will evaporate and the risk for mold and slug moisture issues minimal. Personally, I’m thankful that my sweet B’s see watering the garden as super fun because when it gets this hot, it seems more like a chore to me. This Fall I hope to add the soaker hoses as pictured above and I’ll let you know how that goes! Anything lending itself towards efficient sits well with me!
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