With all the hubbub and gnashing of teeth about pending water restrictions to once a week, I’m blasé about the issue because my productive edible garden has always done well with far less. I’ve always conducted my watering timing as an only-when-imperative operation. Yes, I’ve lost some plants because I did indeed wait too long, but by far my successes have taught me that generally recommended frequency and amounts of water have been way beyond what the plants needed to thrive.
But it does take training the plants and trees from the moment they’re seeded or transplanted to grow deeply to retrieve the water that you’ll make available less frequently. And that means now. Even if you’ve already planted your summer garden, in the several weeks before the June 1 reduction start, you can get those plants to stretch further downward in search of the water you provide, so the once-a-week restriction will be nary a change.
See my previous blog articles where I’ve described these specifics in more detail –
Start Watering The Garden - 2/7/22
Watering -- When, How Much, and Methods - 3/19/22
How Deep Is “Watering Deeply”? - 7/21/18
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