how often to water new veggie plants - Knowledgebase Question

glenwood, Il
Question by stephcedtoo
May 28, 2010
I bought some plants for my veggie garden which i have had for about five years and this year things seem to be moving along really slow. Is it possible for a garden/soil to be tired?I water once a week and in the 2 1/2 weeks that they have been in the ground, I've fertilized once. I've even added organic manure. I this not enough anymor


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Answer from NGA
May 28, 2010

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Soil can get tired and the best way to avoid this depletion is to mix compost or other organic matter into the bed prior to planting your seeds or veggie transplants. If the soil is lean or poor, vegetable growth can be slow or stunted. Since you've already added manure (good organic amendment!) your plants may simply be waiting for warmer weather. You can spread a few inches of compost or other organic matter between the plants in your bed. The mulch will help suppress weeds, slow water evaporation, and release nutrients as it breaks down over the season. At the end of the season you can dig it into the soil to further amend the soil. Most veggies need about an inch of water per week, applied slowly so it can trickle down and wet the entire root system. You can water once a week; twice a week when the weather gets hot. You have already fertilized so there's not much else you can do but wait for your plants to respond to your good care and the nice warm summer sunshine.

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