Answer: The frequency of watering and the amount you apply will depend upon your climate and soil type. A general rule of thumb is to water deeply, on a regular basis during the growing season. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy wet. Most ornamental landscape plants, lawns and vegetables can get by with one-inch of water per week, applied slowly so moisture penetrates the entire root mass. Clay soils tend to hold water for long periods of time where sandy soils drain rapidly. You may have to water every day during very hot weather, or only once or twice a week if the weather is mild, depending on how quickly the soil dries out. The ultimate goal is to keep the soil moist but not saturated (roots need oxygen as well as moisture to keep them healthy). A concern with overhead watering is that wet leaves can develop fungal diseases. If you do water with a sprinkler rather than apply water directly to the soil, be sure to run the sprinklers early in the day so leaves have a chance to dry out before nightfall. Hope you harvest a bountiful crop!
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