5 Golden Rules For Watering Your Garden Properly
People often think that watering a garden is easy but there’s a lot more to it than they realize. All plants have different needs and if you over water or under water, you can easily kill your plants off. If you find that you just can’t get plants to stay alive properly, it might be that you’re making some simple mistakes with your watering. You’ll have a much healthier garden if you follow these golden watering rules. I have had to learn this knowledge and thankfully have saved plants which once sadly met an early “grave”.
Do Your Research
Not doing enough research is the biggest mistake that people make. If you don’t understand a plant’s needs, you won’t be able to water it properly and it’s likely to die. Some plants need regular watering while others prefer to be dry and only need water once every few weeks. If you’re watering them all the same amount, most of them will be under watered or over watered. Whenever you get a new plant, make sure to do a bit of research so you know exactly how much water they need. Let me say if you have an experienced gardener as a mentor or you learn from tips from gardening programmes too you will be forearmed in helping your plants.
Design The Garden With Watering In Mind
Trying to keep track of all of your plants and their different watering needs can be a bit tricky and you’re bound to make mistakes sometimes. But you can make life a lot easier if you keep watering schedules in mind when designing your garden. If you group plants with similar water requirements together, it’s easy to come up with a schedule and remember what needs watering and when. I’ve made some easy decisions with putting succulents together for example and it has helped use less water – which is always a good thing.
The majority of plants will be fine with water from the tap but some of them won’t respond well to things that are in the water, especially chlorine. Certain varieties of plants can’t survive when watered with water from the tap so if you can, it’s better to use rainwater. You can get some water collection vessels from somewhere like Clark tanks out in the garden to collect it, and then use that on the garden instead. It’ll also save you a lot of money, especially if you’ve got a big garden because you aren’t paying for any of the water that you use out there. If you aren’t on budget to work towards buying from a tank supplier or you rent consider little ways of collecting rain water with small barrels. It may be a little burdensome (yes I’ve done it!) but just that lovely fresh unadulterated water is great for finicky plants such as some ferns I have found.
Check The Weather Forecast
This is very important because you need to adapt your watering schedule to fit the weather, otherwise, your plants won’t get the right amount of water. If it’s going to rain very heavily, you should skip the watering so the soil doesn’t get too sodden and you aren’t overwatering them. Equally, if there is a heatwave, you need to water more often to stop the plants from drying out. I re-call a very much older man sharing a tale about how you know if it would rain that day and every so often I check. He said that if bees are out buzzing you won’t have rain and so far I have found that yes – no bees and rain comes along – even if the Weather forecast can’t quite get it right!
Water During Cool Periods
If you water your plants in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest, a lot of the water will evaporate before the roots can take it up. That means your plants may not be getting the water that they need, even if you water regularly. It’s best to water your plants early in the morning or in the evening when the weather is cooler so you don’t have to worry about evaporation as much. I know also watering at root level is a method possibly not made heavy use of. It’s a topic that is well used in Israel since they have arid conditions and we could learn a lot from watering underneath and not on top.
If you follow these golden rules when watering your plants, you’ll find it a lot easier to keep them healthy.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.