As you likely know most all living things are composed of a high percentage of water. Plants are about 95% water. Along with that almost every process going on within a plant deals with water. That is why watering plants is one of the most important aspects of a garden. Water along with light and carbon dioxide are key to the growth and care of plants. We cannot take this too lightly. Along with the soil, light, and air, water is one of the main ingredients to a health garden.
It is also important to consider where this water comes from. I recall while growing up my parents used to have a 55 gallon drum to collect rain water. My mother always had a vegetable garden, and whenever she could she would use water from the drum instead of hose water. She felt the rain water she collected was 100 times better than the water out of a hose. And looking back she was absolutely correct, the rain water carried nutrients and other beneficial elements the plants just eat up. So while rainfall is the best, having a rain barrel close by is a pretty good thing.
Depending on where you live water may or may not pose a problem for you. Obviously ample rain fall is the best, but other means of keeping the plants wet need to be considered. Is there an irrigation system available, are the roots getting ground water to help them keep wet? Or do you have to rely on water out of a hose? All these things need to be considered before you start your garden. What I mean by that is when you start your garden you need to consider the soil, the location, the amount of sun light, anything overhanging the garden and so on. These are all things to keep in mind when growing a vegetable garden.
You may want to keep in mind that while water is needed and critically important to a plants growth, too much water may not be a good thing either. Bear in mind that it is possible for plants to drown. So the appropriate balance is needed. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your garden. Check it regularly, perhaps daily is a good starting point, you want to know if there are insects or bugs chewing on the leaves of your plants. You want to see if the plants are wilting during the day. You want to have a feel for the pulse of your garden. If you don’t do this regularly it is possible that something may go wrong and not be correctable. So be vigilant and observant and you will be rewarded with a healthy crop.
When watering the plants start at the root, or base of the plant. Make sure the roots are well drenched in water, and make sure that all your plants get a good dowsing regularly. Just taking the hose and shooting the water up in the air over your garden is not the most effective way to keep your plants wet and healthy. And while we are at it, remember to check your watering system every so often as well. Having an organic garden, while having leaks is not exactly the best way to be green.
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