Every garden is unique, and so is it’s watering schedule! Watering your garden can be tricky, but it doesn’t always have to be as hard as you think. There are some tips and tricks to keeping your watering schedule stress free and easy to manage.
Watering Your Plants
- Watering Seeds:
Seeds need plenty of water to grow into sprouts. Watering your seeds once a day is best practice to make sure they have the right conditions to germinate. Hand watering your seeds with a hose or watering can is a good way to get every seed the water they need. Continue to water your sprouts daily once they have germinated. When they grow to be three to four inches tall, you can reduce your watering schedule.
- Watering Grown Herbs:
After your plants have grown to about three to four inches tall, it’s time to reduce how much you’re watering them. Watering your herbs about three times a week is a common watering routine. A good way to check if you need to water your plants is if the soil is dry. Place your finger two to three inches deep into your soil. If the soil is wet, you do not need to water that day. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water your herbs.
- Watering your plants is one of the most important parts of a successful herb garden. Water helps your herbs absorb the nutrients in the soil so that they can grow strong and healthy. There are a few options available when you water your herb garden. Drip irrigation and soaker hose irrigation are an option if you are planting in a garden bed. Hand watering with a hose or watering can is nice for small spaces, pots, or indoors. Watering in the morning is best, especially if your herbs are outdoors. When you water your plants early in the day, you allow the plants to absorb the water without the heat evaporating the moisture from the soil. We recommend a water meter for beginner gardeners to determine how much water their plants need.
- When watering your garden, take your climate into consideration. The general recommendation for watering a garden is one inch of water every week. However, if you live in a dry climate or are experiencing hot weather, you will need to water your plants one and a half to two inches of water every week. Wet climates with high humidity or more frequent rain will need less water than a desert climate. If you have already experienced one inch of rain that week, be weary of overwatering your plants with added water.
Water is a core part of gardening, and there are a variety of ways to set up your gardening system! Below are some products we recommend for watering systems:
Having an irrigation system setup with timers is a great way to always know your garden is being watered. If you prefer to be in the garden more often and hand water, setting a reminder on your phone or planner is helpful to remember to water outside.