When the summer heat arrives, your garden’s survival depends on proper watering. Luckily, you can keep it thriving and maximize water usage by following these 13 essential tips:
- Direct water to the plant’s base using a watering wand, soaker hose, or drip system. Avoid wetting leaves, fruits, or vegetables to prevent moisture-related diseases.
- Test soil moisture by probing a few inches near the stem. Moisture may be present below even if the surface appears dry. Utilize a soil moisture meter for accuracy.
- Water in the morning to allow absorption before heat and evaporation peak. It also prevents foliage from staying wet overnight, reducing disease risk. Late afternoon is the next best option.
- Apply 2-3 inches of organic mulch to retain soil moisture effectively.
- Shield wind-prone plants with barriers like shade cloth. Large-leaved plants are more susceptible to moisture loss through foliage.
- Maintain consistent water for fruits and vegetables to avoid issues like blossom end rot and cracked tomatoes.
- Opt for slow, deep watering to reach root balls, providing better hydration.
- If you’ll be away, set up an automatic timer for consistent watering. Use self-watering pots to ease container care.
- Containers dry out swiftly, especially in full sun or wind. Monitor and water them more frequently.
- If water pools on the soil’s surface, moisten it slightly first, then add more for thorough absorption.
- Yellow or brown leaf edges can indicate over-watering. Double-check before adding more water.
- Unglazed clay pots are more porous, aiding drainage. However, monitor them closely during dry spells or high temperatures.
- Recycle plastic bottles as a deep watering solution. Bury bottles with holes near plants and fill through the top.
By adhering to these watering practices, your garden will thrive during the summer heat, yielding lush, healthy plants.