How and When is the best time to Water a Garden?
Watering: How much moisture, when?
A good watering, well dosed according to the season, the vegetative state of the plant and the weather, is essential to succeed its plants and not to waste water.
When to water and how much?
When you harvest the carrot, you see it’s cracked. This one suffered a lack of water for a few days followed by a rain or watering that caused the tissues to burst. This example illustrates the importance of a good dosage. Thus, an excess of water causes diseases and promotes the attacks of pests, or even gives vegetables insipid to the vegetable garden. On the other hand, a lack of water alters the good growth of the plant: watch for signs of dehydration (the leaves are curled on the tomato plant, for example) and always water in the morning or at the end of the day to avoid the maximum evaporation.
If each plant has specific irrigation needs, several common factors are to be taken into account in determining the amount of water to be given, and how often: The vegetative state of the plant: it is more greedy at the time of planting or sowing than when it has reached its full growth.
- The vegetative state of the plant: it is more greedy at the time of planting or sowing than when it has reached its full growth.
- The season (spring traditionally requires more water, even if watering should not be forgotten in winter).
- If the weather is particularly dry.
With what water?
- Tap water: good quality, although often calcareous and slightly chlorinated.
- Rain water: of excellent quality, it is at room temperature. It is the best watering, so it is interesting to develop a rainwater recovery system (water collector, tank, recuperator …). The amount to be recovered depends on your region.
- Surface water: Water from rivers, lakes, streams … Its quality is variable and it is recommended to have it analyzed. Attention, its levy may be subject to regulation.
- Underground waters: water from groundwater, spring or wells. It is of a varied and often very cold quality. So try to store it before you use it to not impose a “shower” too cold on your plants.
How to water?
In the garden, there are several methods of watering: with the traditional sprinkler or a hose, with a drip, with a microporous hose, by the … Adapt the method according to the place (ornamental garden, garden, terrace …), the season and the vegetative state of the plant.
In the house, also think about watering indoor plants, especially in winter.
Promote water savings
It is possible to limit watering to the maximum by focusing on species adapted to the soil and climate of your region, or by choosing plants that are not water-hungry.
On the other hand, many gestures (such as mulching, swimming …) performed at the right time save water, especially when the weather is drought.