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Water Wisely

• It looks like we are in for another hot, dry summer and may need to supplement rainfall or lack of it with irrigation. You have probably read that most plants need an inch of water per week. This is enough water to moisten the top 6-8 inches of soil where the majority of plant roots grow. You will need to apply a little more than half a gallon (.623) of water per square foot to achieve this. Adjust the amount of water applied based on rainfall. And for those of you gardening in fast draining soil, make two applications of half the amount of water needed.

 

• When using a sprinkler, set several straight sided cans out in the area you are watering. Turn the faucet on as you normally would and time how long it takes to fill the cans with an inch of water. Now you know how long to run your sprinkler at that setting to apply an inch of water.

 

• Hand watering a garden with a watering wand or pistol grip requires a different calibration method. Measure and fill a five-gallon bucket with 5 gallons of water. Mark the top of the water level. Now attach the watering wand or pistol grip you use to water your plants and gardens. Turn on the hose and set the faucet as you normally do to water. Begin timing as soon as you turn on the hose to find out how long it takes to fill the bucket to the 5-gallon water line. Repeat to confirm your result. It would take a little over a tenth of this time to apply an inch of water to a square foot and 12 times as long to provide an inch of water to a 100 square-foot garden.

 

There are many small things that can be done to water the garden wisely, saving time, money and water, all the while increasing the health of the garden.

–Watering Tips courtesy of garden expert and author, Melinda Myers

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