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How to Make Sure Your Plants Aren’t Thirsty
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Some people think that after years of gardening, they would have a fairly good idea about how to grow most plants. In reality, some of them can grow well and others, well, you need to learn tricks because gardening isn’t always as easy as it seems. There is a fine line between having a good garden and having a great garden. Often times, doing the right technique draws that difference.
Like for instance, when watering a vegetable garden. You might think that it can be as easy as watching the rain or as ridiculous as feeding plant limbs intravenously. It’s like taking the hospital-bed approach into the garden. That’s just the weirdest idea.
Each garden has its own idiosyncrasies that should be observed. I mean, keenly. Without being in your garden, no one can tell you how much water it will need. You really need to have the effort to learn and to do it right.
Here are a few things to do when deciding how and when to water your beds.
Plant Irrigation Needs
You really need to figure out how much plant irrigation you need, especially if you live in areas like Houston, Texas which gets lots of rain and a wide range of temperatures from winter to summer.
If you don’t need a lot of water, then a simple hose might do the trick and it won’t take up much of your time. But if you live in a dry area, you might consider an automatic system which waters everything for you so you can go on about your day watching your favorite football game without missing a moment.
Investigate Your Soil
Dig into your garden. Find out what type of soil you have (clay or sandy). This certainly makes a difference in your drainage. Clay soil drains water slowly whereas sandy soil makes water flow more easily. Both clay and sandy soils can be turned into a preferred loam by mixing organic material such as compost.
Choose Your Time Wisely
Cool temperature means that less water will evaporate. This is why it’s best to water during early morning or late afternoon. It would be a good idea to limit your watering time if you use overhead sprinklers. It’s also safer not to do your watering activity at night because it’ll cause the leaves to be wet for a long time -thus plant diseases might be encouraged.
Get a Hold Of Your Bucket
Deep, less frequent watering works best. Once plants are established, more harm than good is done by giving them a daily sprinkling. Watering should be reduced as the crop matures to keep the vegetables from splitting.
Always Take the Initiative To Look At Every Part Of Your Plant
It’s like looking at someone you love from head to toe. You make sure that every part of them looks good. In a plant, remember to look at the leaves. Watering this part more often causes a variety of fungi that develops under moist conditions such as mildew and blight.
Some gardeners are small enough to water by hand. The large size of others or a lack of time may require more elaborate arrangements, including sprinklers or drip-irrigation systems. You have to balance your commitment with the needs of the plants and the results you expect.