Gardening Reminder – Water, Water, Water!

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 1, 2010

Watering the herb garden

Just a friendly reminder…

From one novice gardener to another _______ gardener (you fill in the blank), that it’s still HOT outside and your flowers, plants and herbs might be thirsty.  Generally, gardens need 1/2 – 1 inch of water per week, depending on the plants…as some plants require more and some less.

Signs of Plant Thirst

  • The basil leaves are drooping. Totally unscientific, but it worked for me last year.  Whenever the basil plant leaves looked a little droopy, I’d give everything a good watering.
  • Dry dirt. While there may be moisture in the soil underneath the surface, hard, dry dirt is an indication that your plants need some refreshment.
  • Fruit is budding. While you may not see any signs of thirst, plants need extra water when they are fruiting…how do you think the fruits/vegetables get larger?!
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And while you’re at it…get a glass of water for yourself. (Or just drink from the hose if that’s your thing!)

Have any garden watering tips or rules of the green thumb?!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Susie's Homemade September 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

On hot days, it is best to water in the early morning. You use less because water doesn’t evaporate as quickly as in the afternoon sun and there is less risk of molding as in watering in the evenings.

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RSA Online September 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Yes water! I’ll admit I always forget to do it. Thanks for the timing tip Susie!

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Cheryl September 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I have 2 square foot garden plots that must sit on a slope or something; I am watering almost every day. But it has been HOT! I planted super late & just now getting tomatoes and green peppers. We’ve had 4 zucchini & I have 3 cantaloupe growing. But it might all be for naught; after I fertilized last night something went digging in my garden (& dug right where I fertilized…huh?) so here’s hoping I can salvage it & the Critter Ridder will work.

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Cristina September 5, 2010 at 12:06 am

Thanks so much for the reminder. I’m new at growing my own vegetables (and gardening in general). I noticed the basil leaves were dropping and it worked for me too, now that I read your note I realize they were thirsty. Thanks

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rsa online March 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

watering of plant is important RSA online for it’s survival.

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Blueprint RSA May 31, 2011 at 12:15 am

Plants and flowers are just like human beings, if we don’t feed/water them they’ll get thirsty, dry and die..we have to constantly remind ourselves to water them esp during the hot weather.

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