How Much Water Do Vegetables Need?

A good general guideline is an inch of water per week, either by rain or watering; in arid climates, it is double that. In hot weather, vegetables need even more water, up to about ½ inch per week extra for every 10 degrees that the average temperature is above 60 degrees. By definition, the average… Read more »

Hot Summer Tips for Watering the Garden

When it doesn’t rain enough, turn on the spigot. Veggies need water to produce, so watering the garden correctly is crucial in the hot summer. Tomatoes are especially unforgiving if they dry out. Going from dry to wet and back again creates problems like blossom end rot. And that’s not all. Have you seen cracks… Read more »

For a Plentiful Harvest, Keep Pots Watered

Vegetables and herbs in pots need lots of water, but nature doesn’t always provide enough at the right time — so sometimes it’s up to us.

Drought-Busting Techniques

As summer heats up, use these drought-busting techniques to keep your garden watered, healthy, and productive throughout the season.

Drought Busters Respond With Many Good Ideas

Read these great ideas from some of your fellow Bonnie gardeners dealing with drought. Plastic Mulch in Black, Green, or Red I mulch the garden at spring planting with black, green, and red plastic mulch, depending on the plants I am transplanting, and then rely on drip irrigation buried beneath the plastic. The mulch warms… Read more »

Crucial Growth Stages When Vegetables Absolutely Need Water

Vegetables go through stages when they are at their most sensitive to water for good growth and development. When your veggies are in this phase of growth, be sure to water. Always water thoroughly so that the water soaks in deeply and encourages the roots to follow. Beans Flowering until harvest Cucumbers Flowering until harvest… Read more »