Water Vegetable Gardens

Vegetable gardens can be watered much like any of the other plants mentioned above. Possibly, the most efficient way to water is with a soaker hose, which produces a slow stream of water directly to the soil. Using a sprinkler doesn’t make as much sense for watering a garden plot, as they can waste a lot of water. A light, direct misting from a garden hose or even a watering can, depending on the size of your garden, are also good choices. A soaker hose delivers water where it’s needed — at the roots of the plant. This method usually allows the foliage to stay dry, which helps keep diseases to a minimum.

If you use soaker hoses, leave them on for about an hour. Then use a soil probe to check how much water has been delivered. Eventually, you’ll learn how long you need to keep the hoses on to water your garden plants deeply. Different plants have different watering needs, so understand how much each of your vegetable plants requires. Most garden plants require that you only water the top 8″ to 12″ of soil. Some plants though, such as tomatoes, have roots that can grow sometimes to 2′ below ground. These plants will require deeper watering.

Helpful Tips

Use more than one soaker hose to irrigate your garden if you have multiple rows.

Watering deeply once a week conserves water and is more beneficial than lightly watering multiple times a week.

Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.

Use timers on sprinklers and soaker hoses throughout your garden.

Good job! Water your plants the way they want to be watered and watch them grow.

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