Vegetable garden water is both vital to your plants and yet the most common way that vegetable plants are killed. Watering your plants correctly and at the right time is vital for their growth and fruit production.
It is best done in early morning. This gives it time to soak in and yet the sun won’t dry it out too quickly. Done at night, you allow it to sit there too long making the growth of fungi and diseases easy.
You may be saying, “What an idiot?” I know how to water. But do you? Most veggies do not like their leaves getting wet. When you are going to vegetable garden water, put it in the ground around the roots. Watering the leaves really only opens your plant up to getting fungi and diseases. And these are not good.
Most vegetable garden foliage need about one inch of vegetable garden water per week. Each one varies in exactly how much they need. A general rule is that the larger a fruit it produces the more it needs. When you are getting a lot of rain, you will need less.
How to Measure Vegetable Garden Water
The best way to measure how much vegetable garden water your vegetables need is to buy and use a Moisture Meter. Otherwise you really don’t know how much is in the ground at your vegetables root.
Using a Moisture Meter is easy. Dry the probe(s) and push it into the ground down to where you think the roots of your plant are at. Read the scale. To measure more then one plant, dry off the tip of the probe each time.
You can just run a garden hose out and let it run. This is not a very efficient way to water as a lot of it just goes to waste. Plus you can really hurt young veggies by washing away the garden soil around their roots. This also lets it run off the top of your soil as it runs too fast for the dirt to absorb it.
Yea you can turn the pressure down but that does very little but is better then just running it full blast.
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- 50-foot length is ideal for watering
- Choice of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue
Not a bad option when you think about vegetable garden water. It is much better then just a hose on the ground. A soaker hose will slowly soak the soil much better.
You don’t get your plants leaves wet so this is good. If you use a soaker hose, get the ones that don’t spray, you want a real soaker hose that let’s it just trickle out.
This seeping, weeping Flat Soaker Hose delivers where it’s needed at the root zone. A slow, gentle soaking prevents run-off and minimizes evaporation to save you money. Nylon-coated PVC mesh hose is durable and flexible to match the curves of your garden. Designed to work at low pressure, so you’ll need a pressure regulator if the pressure at your outdoor faucet is more than 10 PSI.
- Simple to use: place on level ground and cover with soil or mulch
- Flexible and easy to arrange to fit your garden’s layout
This is another method but not that good for vegetable garden water . As the sprinklers rotate or throw water in the air, you both waste and get the leaves wet. This is about the most inefficient way to go. Some sprinklers will even knock the leaves off of your plants if you have high water pressure.
Using a Can
This is a relaxing way to go! I like to use this with container vegetables a lot using this for the vegetable garden water. You can pretty much determine how much you are giving your plants.
Using a moisture meter and can is one of the best ways to solve the thirst problem. Though not optimum as drip irrigation or self-watering containers are the best. You do have to ensure you actually get it to the plants roots.
Drip Irrigation System
Now you are talking about vegetable garden water. Both efficient and great for your veggies. I just started using this a few months ago and my water bill has went down and my veggies are growing bigger and better. By adding a timer with a drip irrigation system, you can really control how much they get.
As summer wanes on and it gets hotter, just increase the time on your timer a little and your vegetables will grow optimally. By dripping slowly, the soil is kept moist, you don’t get the leaves wet and your bill is not as high.
In 30 minutes or less, you can set up this system for all the pots on your deck or patio and pretty much be done with all your vegetable garden water needs. Simply position the flexible tubing around your containers and pots, place adjustable-flow sprinkler heads wherever you want them, and connect hose to spigot. System includes 50′ of main tubing, 50′ of feeder tubing and nine sprinkler heads.
Self Watering Container Gardening
This technique is cool in that your vegetable garden watering is put on semi-automatic. Just check your containers every couple of days and they get exactly the amount they need. Most have a reservoir system in the bottom that holds water and the plant sucks up what it needs. Others have a mat in the bottom. Self watering container gardening is one of the best things you can do to help yourself and your vegetables. Here is a post I did on building my own self built self watering vegetable garden container.
Coffee Can Trick
Another way that is really simple is to use a coffee can or similar container. Take the lid off and punch a few holes in towards the bottom. The holes should be small and just let water barely seep out. Take this container and bury it about half-way in your garden soil. You can plant it almost all the way if you don’t want it showing too much.
When you put it in your garden, place it real close to a plant so the plant’s roots will get the effect. Fill up your container it will seep out and keep your plants watered.
If you make several marks on the inside of the container, this will allow you to know how much you have put on your plants when using sprinklers. Now sprinklers aren’t recommended but hey we do the best we can.
During this brutal summer heat, mulch is one of the ways to both help your plants and cut your utility bill. Apply mulch and it will help to keep your garden soil moist throughout the summer. A couple inches is fine but you can really stack mulch up as high as you want. Just don’t pile it up so your plants are shaded or covered up.
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