It may seem healthier for your garden to water it much more frequently but with less water. However, this is not healthy for your garden and can lead to feeble root growth. Plants need the water to reach deep down into their root system in able for them to grow and flourish. Only watering the soil’s surface can lead to weak roots and can even cause your plants to die.
DOES A GARDEN NEED TO BE WATERED EVERY DAY?
No, you do not need to water a garden every day. Each plant is different, but a good general rule is to water your garden once a week and soak two inches of soil.
The best time to water can be after light rainfall because you can soak the soil down several inches, and aren’t just watering the surface. Also, you don’t have to worry about your watering just evaporating away. This can be a good, deep, thorough watering for your garden. It wouldn’t be good to water your plants this way every time it rains during the rainy season, but this is great for your garden from time to time.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac suggests feeling your soil to know when to water it. If it’s sticky and pliable enough to form into a ball, it’s not time to water your garden; the soil is still moist. If the soil doesn’t hold together in your hands, or the top of it looks hard or cracked, it is probably time to water your garden because there are indications that the soil is dry.
HOW MANY GALLONS OF WATER DOES A GARDEN NEED?
Each plant needs one to two gallons per week on average, depending on the type of plant. The total number of gallons of water a garden needs per week depends on how many plants are in the garden. If a garden has five plants, then that garden would need five to ten gallons of water per week, depending on the types of plants in the garden.
HOW MANY GALLONS OF WATER DO DIFFERENT VEGETABLES NEED?
Vegetables that need one gallon of water per week include cucumbers, onions, parsnips, and squash.
Some vegetables need one to one and a half gallons of water per week, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.
Lots of vegetables need two gallons per week: Beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, and spinach.