Watering Our Newly Planted Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Hiawatha, KS
Question by kkjj
April 27, 2001
We just planted seedlings in our garden. Onions, Tomatoes, Carrots, Corn Cucumbers, Pumkins, Strawberries, Sunflowers,and Cauliflower. How ofter do we water? Do we just water at the base of each plant or soak the entire garden plot? When do we change and water less often?
We have been watering twice a day and soaking the ground around each plant.



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Answer from NGA
April 27, 2001

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Water slowly and deeply to the depth of the roots. This will increase as the plants grow. Mature vegetables have roots about one foot deep. Keep soil consistently moist, but not overly wet, for the first two weeks while roots establish. (If soil stays too wet, roots will drown as they need oxygen to thrive as well.) Then taper off gradually. Water when the top inch or so of soil has dried out. Put a 2-3 inch layer of mulch on top of the soil to help retain moisture. Water around the plants, but apply water to the soil, don't sprinkle water on the foliage, which promotes fungal diseases. Also, don't splash water from the soil onto the foliage, same problem. I hope this info helps!

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