10 Smart Watering Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

10 Smart Watering Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

Water is a truly precious resource. Getting smart with the way we water saves time and money while boosting plant health. This post will guide you through the methods of watering your garden correctly.

  1. Water selectively – watering by hand means you can be more selective about which plants you water. Only water if they really need it. If you’re not sure, you can check the soil moisture at root level if it’s cool and damp just move on.
  2. Water at the right time – when you water makes a big difference to how much moisture your plants take up. Watering early in the morning gives crops time to absorb the moisture before it evaporates in the heat of the day. Any water that gets on the foliage will also have enough time to dry off before nightfall minimising the risk from slugs and fungal diseases.
  3. Aim carefully – if you’re watering by hand, be sure to aim the flow of water at the base of plants where it’s needed, so that every drop counts. This will also keep foliage dry. A really good soaking every now and then is better than little and often and will encourage a more extensive root system.
  4. Trap water – sunken plastic pots make excellent miniature reservoirs. Sink them up to the rim next to thirsty plants such as squash then water into the pot. The pot will hold the water so it seeps gradually into the soil rather than running off on the surface.
  5. Irrigate efficiently – if you want to automate watering, opt for drip irrigation or leaky hoses over sprinklers. These types of irrigation deliver water closer to the ground so that less is wasted. Place your setup on a timer and override it if it’s been raining or if rain is due.

There are more tips available on the video below! If you have any advice on watering your vegetable garden, then let us know in the comments below or on our social media.

GrowVeg – 10 Smart Watering Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

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