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How often should you water your garden?

March 11, 2015

As a new gardener, the last thing you want to do is either drown or starve your newly planted crops. Still, it can be tough to decide how much water to give them and the best time of day to do so unless you have some experience. While the answer seems simple enough, it depends on a few variables.

When determining how much water you're going to give your plants, ask yourself the following questions, suggested by Gardening Know How.

  • What type of plants are in the garden?
  • What kind of soil is in the ground?
  • What is the climate like? 

Why climate, soil and plants matter
Each of these inquiries can help you hone in on an effective watering habit. The source explained that certain soils, like sandy soil, will do a poor job retaining water. This means the water will go straight from your watering can through the plant and onto the ground, resulting in little to no hydration for your veggies or flowers. Either switch out the soil or water them more frequently. 

In terms of climate, you'll want to be sure to water your plants more frequently if you live in a hotter area. That's because the sun will evaporate the water at a faster rate - sometimes it can happen so quick that the plant is left without any food. 

Consider buying a beginner's gardening book or downloading an app to your smartphone.This way, you can learn the specifics for each plant, as many vary in water requirements. It'd be a shame to kill your newly planted crops. 

How to check for problems
Once you've squared away the details, be sure to monitor your garden for signs of dehydration. According to Colorado State University, the following conditions could mean your plants aren't getting enough water:

  • A plant isn't growing sufficiently
  • Plants that live in direct sunlight
  • If the pot is small
  • It the plant sweats a lot
  • If the plant becomes discolored.

There comes a point in every plant's life when it's beyond repair. However, an all-brown plant may not necessarily be dead. According to Gardening Know How, it can still be alive. The best way to tell is to do some digging.

If the roots and stem are both course, then your plant is dead. If that's not the case, you can try to revive the plant, but it may take some work. At any rate, understanding how to water your plants is the key to maintaining a healthy garden. 

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