Vegetable Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Long Beach, CA
Question by Shoneboy
March 8, 1999
I have had a vegetable garden for the past year, but haven't had a good watering system. What is the best way to water your garden?

Answer from NGA
March 8, 1999


You don't need a complicated watering system for a vegetable garden, just regular, deep soaking to supply moisture to the entire root masses of your plants. Depending upon your soil type, and your local weather conditions, you'll need a minimum of 1-inch of water per week for most plants. Squash and pumpkins require more. You can flood the bed once a week in the spring, early summer and fall months, and twice a week during the hottest part of the summer. By deeply soaking the soil you'll encourage the roots to penetrate deeply, making them less dependent upon frequent watering. If the plants begin to show signs of wilting, especially in the morning hours, you'll need to supply more water. Don't be too concerned about leaves wilting during the hottest part of the day, it's natural and they should perk up in the late afternoon or early evening hours.

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