Thursday, 23 August 2012

Vol 1: Watering


1.       Never give a plant too much water. Although this may seem the solution before going away or in a drought, it can mean roots become too wet leading to rot. This is also known as “drowning” the plant.

2.       New seedlings are like children, it is important to remember that collected water may contain infections or bacteria that preventing the seedling from growing. Always use fresh water when raising a new plant.

3.       Although soil may look dry, this is not always a sign that the plant needs watering. Scraping away the top layer of soil should reveal damper soil. If this is not the case water the plant and soak the pot in a try of water for up to 15 minutes, this will allow the plant to regenerate its water supply at its own speed to reduce the chance of rot.

4.       Watering the plant in the early morning or evening will help reduce the risk of evaporation allowing the plant to take in the most water possible. It also helps reduce the risk of leaves scorching from water reflection.

5.       The optimum water level is an inch a week for most plants although small plants are likely to require more.

6.       Look out for the browning of edges around the leaves of your plants, this is a sign of over watering.

7.       Watering is essential for that competition winning vegetables, juicy vegetables require as much water as possible however herbs require dryer soil for a more intense flavour. It is important to know your plants and what they require water wise for the best outcome possible.

8.       The type of soil also effects the watering cycle, sandy soil absorbs and drains quickly where as more clay based soil retain water- Analyse your soils before watering to avoid root rot.

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