8 Steps to Successful Gardening—Step 5 Watering

The fifth step is to water properly. Your garden needs about one inch a week. If you aren’t sure how much that is, set out a measuring cup every time you water and do the math. The optimal scenario is to water 2 to 3 times a week, depending on how hot it is, and long enough to saturate the ground.

Watering frequently for short periods of time causes plant roots to hover near the soil surface because there is no reason for them to go deep and remain strong. Deep soaking each time you water encourages roots to grow deep down into the soil. The best time to water your garden is early in the morning allowing plant leaves time to dry during the day, which helps to minimize fungal diseases. If you use soaker hoses, you could water any time of the day as your foliage isn’t being watered.

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Happy Gardening from the Master Gardener Girl!!

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