adding composted manure this spring, I am now focusing on making sure the plants have the water they need.
A garden needs about 1 inch of water per week to keep the plants healthy and to produce an abundant harvest (maybe 2 inches during peak production depending on what you have planted). In my area, typically we do not need to water every week. During dry spells, I will want to water once a week so that the soil is wet 6-12 inches deep after that watering. This encourages the plant roots to reach deep and helps the plant to tolerate short dry spells.
I conserve my watering investment by mulching both my veggie garden and flower beds. I mulch with lawn clippings from our yard in the garden and wood chips in the flower beds. Mulch insulates the soil from the ever-blowing North Dakota wind and summer sun, and can provide more organic matter for the soil as it breaks down. As a secondary benefit, mulch helps reduce weeds as well. (YEAH!)
Next time I will share with you some mulching options and things to consider as you choose the mulch that is right for your yard.
Happy Gardening! :)
Other Post in this Series:
Garden Watering Basics
Capturing Rainwater for Drier Days
Thinking Through Making Your Own Rain Barrel