How often should you water herbs indoors? There is a little more to the answer than just the wind, but that does play a part. Or more accurately, the weather and climate in general impact how much water your indoor herbs will need. So does the type of soil you use, where in your house you’ve placed them, and how much light they get.
Category: Watering & Irrigation
In the articles below, discover everything you need to know about watering and irrigation in food gardening, including raised beds and containers.
After soil, watering and irrigation savvy may be the second most crucial thing any food gardener will need to grow a garden to its greatest potential.
We all know about the hazards of container gardening: over-watering, under-watering, root rot, algae, etc. Container gardening is a watering and irrigation master class in and of itself.
In-ground gardens seem easier to grow, but as the line goes: “more garden, more problems.” Then you have irrigation systems and sprinklers to think about—unless you plan to baby your food garden day in and day out.
And although in-ground gardens are more manageable because plants can stretch their roots to access water and nutrients, there are still watering and irrigation challenges depending on soil and sunlight. Some garden areas may be too soggy, and others may be too dry, the ground may be too loose, have too much clay, or any other number of factors happening at once.
What about timing? Is there a best time to water your plants? Most would say morning. That gives the water plenty of time to saturate the soil before it gets hot and begins to evaporate. And it’s early enough in the day that any water on the leaves will evaporate before mold, mildew, and disease have a chance to settle in. But plants, especially those plants outside in your veggie garden, aren’t all the same.
In the articles below, you’ll learn everything you need to know about watering and irrigation in food gardening. You can learn even more in our How to Grow a Vegetable Garden: 10 Things Every Gardener Needs to Know Before Starting a Food Garden freebie. Enjoy!
When it comes to watering your vegetable garden, you have a few different choices to make. You can create drip irrigation systems, place soaker hoses in your garden, and even break out the ol’ watering can. For many gardeners, hose watering is a primary or secondary method of watering their vegetable gardens. Hose watering is by far, the easiest way to get your garden watered right off the bat.
One thing about gardening is that there are lots of gadgets that can help you grow a better garden. At least that’s the sales pitch. Some of them, I’m not too sure how they made it off the drawing board. Others, like timers for sprinklers, can be really helpful. But like any gadget, they only help you if you use the right one in the right way.
So you want to start growing your own fruit trees. You have picked out one or two you want to try, but you still have some questions. Do you have the time for watering fruit trees? How fast will your fruits grow? And will you finally get to taste a freshly-plucked apple / pear / plum / orange / avocado /insert your favorite here? Is now your time to become the neighborhood baker of the best apple pies? Will you start your own peach orchard? Is now your time to accomplish your fruit tree dreams?
I remember watching a film strip (yes, I’m old) in grade school that showed me how people wasted up to four gallons of water if they left the faucet on while brushing their teeth. That same filmstrip highlighted the environmental benefits of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Since then, my environmental sustainability efforts happen in small steps, especially in the garden.
Confession time! Most of my houseplants are within 30 feet of my kitchen. I’m an absent-minded indoor plant waterer. If it’s not within 30 feet of my sink, there’s a good chance I’ll forget to water it. I have a beautiful rubber tree on the second floor of my house that I have (on several occasions) nearly killed from forgetting to water it. Enter self-watering plant bulbs! Also known as “plant nannies,” or “watering globes,” these self-watering plant bulbs are a plant lifesaver.
The hills are alive with the sound of…growing vegetables? You may think that living on a hillside is a disadvantage when it comes to outdoor gardening. But there are different gardening methods you can use to take advantage of your sloped yard. One great idea is to build planter boxes directly into your hill. Another great tool for hillsides is a gravity drip irrigation system. In fact, you can employ both methods and build the hillside vegetable garden of your Sound of Music dreams. Here are five benefits of a gravity drip irrigation system and one challenge to keep an eye out for!
Hi, my name is Amanda, and sometimes I forget to water my vegetable garden! Phew, that feels good to get off my chest! If you can’t be out in the garden seven days a week, an irrigation system might be the next best thing. There are many irrigation methods to choose from like sprinkler systems or drip methods. Some of these systems can lead to wasting water if you’re not careful.
I’m going to tell you something so earth-shattering you’re going to want to sit down to read this. Are you ready? Vegetable plants need water to grow. I know, how profound! All silliness aside, having a good watering schedule will result in higher crop yields.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have an overwatered plant or two in my garden every year. It’s not so bad now, but my indoor plants used to try their best to run away when they saw me coming with the watering can. Spoiler alert: They didn’t get very far.