When July arrives it’s expected little rainfall will occur now through August and sometimes it can be pretty bleak in September. This is sad news for the garden because it always grows better when the water comes from the sky.
Have you ever wondered when the best time of day to water is? There is great debate because it’s really going to vary depending on your set up and climate.
Watering in the evening can be questionable because fungus may occur. If your soil offers good drainage then evening will not be a problem.
I water both early morning and late evening, this is based on a water schedule.
Create a Water Schedule
My water schedule follows the weather. Its funny my lifestyle has revolved around the weather for a good five years.
I water every other day based on a complete weekly schedule. If rain is reported for Thursday then I will skip that day. Depending on the amount of rainfall will depend on when I resume watering. This schedule is also based on temperatures and wind. Sometimes I can’t skip a day if it’s been really windy.
Each bed gets a good soaking in the morning, I stick with mornings because it’s when I do farm chores, I can multi task and within an hour everything is done, I move pretty fast.
It’s always best to water when temperatures are in the 70’s, this means heading outdoors around 7 am as temperatures can begin to rise rather quick. If you plan to water in the evening wait until temperatures drop, this normally happens around 7 pm.
Biggest Water Tip
I use a basic garden hose and it goes down into the roots of each plant. Many gardeners like using traditional sprinklers but realistically the plants themselves don’t need water; it’s the roots that drive the water up.
Earlier this spring I implemented a simple water collecting system. It worked fantastic; having access to 100 gallons of water when I’m in the garden is great.
When these containers are full I use buckets to move the water where it’s needed. This is good exercise and saves funds on the monthly water bill.
Many folks implement irrigation systems or use soaker hoses to conserve water. The drip method is good especially if you have a large garden and experiencing drought conditions.
What I Learned from Grandma
Simple things my grandma taught me was to use wasted dish soap water for planters near the house. I know many don’t wash dishes by hand but I sure do.
Removing the dishwasher from our home was a happy day. I just don’t like those appliances and find that washing by hand is faster. I only recommend using dish water if you use all natural dish detergent. After the water cools I take it outside and empty into nearby planter boxes. It’s wonderful!
Other things to conserve water come from my farm animals. Sheep are picky about their water, so this means I make sure water is clean all week. The old water gets dumped into a bucket and used in the garden or nearby planters.
These things may sound like additional work but really they’re not, I’ve just incorporated them into my chores and it has become a way of life.
I’m not a huge penny pincher but I do like to live smart; I remember my grandma telling me a penny saved is a penny earned. Find what works for you and remember not to over water.