If you are planting a garden, something you may be worried about is how often to water it.
Whether you are growing herbs, veggies, or just flowers, your plants need the right amount of water at the right time, or else things can go south real quick.
In this article, we will discuss how often to water your garden, how much water to give, as well as other factors that are going to affect watering amounts and frequencies.
Overwatering and Underwatering: The Problems
First off, let’s talk about why overwatering and underwatering your garden is bad. In terms of underwatering, it’s quite obvious — without enough water, your plants will be dry, they won’t be able to absorb nutrients from the soil, and they will wilt, dry up, and die.
On the other hand, if you give your plants too much water, you will erode the soil, and moreover, the roots of your plants will constantly be soaking wet, which will lead to them rotting, and sooner rather than later, the whole plant will die. As you can see, whether you give your plants too much or too little water, the end result is the same.
Factors to Consider
We can give you an approximation of how often and how much to water your garden, but we can’t see your personal garden, so it is only general advice, so you will need to use a bit of common sense. Here are the most important factors that you need to keep in mind when it comes to determining the water needs of your garden.
One thing that you need to consider her is how much light your garden gets. Generally speaking, the more light your garden gets, the more those plants will engage in photosynthesis, which is how they grow. The more they photosynthesize, the more energy and water they need to grow. Plants that are constantly in the light will likely need to be watered fairly often.
Of course, the climate in which you live is going to make a difference here. If you live in an arid climate, such as in a desert, you might have to water your plants two or three times as often than if you live in a very humid climate where it often rains. If you live somewhere it rains on a regular basis, like several times per week, you might not have to water your garden at all.
The other deciding factor here is what kinds of plants you have. Plants that naturally live in very humid clients will need more water than those build for arid climates. Moreover, the larger the plants are, the more water they will need.
Checking the Soil
When it comes to determining whether or not your plants need to be watered, the best way to do this is through a soil test — in other words, take one of your fingers, stick it into the soil, about 2 inches deep, and see how dry it is. If the soil is bone dry, then it is time for a watering, and if it is still fairly moist, then you can probably hold off for another day or two.
How Much Water to Provide
Something you want to remember is that plants should be watered thoroughly. You should soak the first 2 inches of soil every time you water your plants. You should not be giving them minimal amounts of water, but doing so often.
Plants do best when their roots get wet, can soak up water, and then dry out a bit. You don’t want to engage in so called shallow watering. For the most part, if you live in a moderate climate and the plants get a moderate amount of light, you might only need to water them once per week.
However, if you live in a dry climate, you have large plants, and they get lots of light, you might need to water them every couple of days. It’s really more of a judgement call on your end than anything else.
Best Time to Water Your Garden
The best time to water your garden is in the early morning, preferably before the sun comes up. On the other hand, if this is not an option for you, then later on in the evening is the next best bet.
The bottom line is that it is hard to tell you exactly when and how much to water your garden. You need to keep all of the factors which we discussed in mind, and then make a decision from there.