How to Water Plants
All plants need watering, but some need more than others. Learn how to water your plants efficiently with these simple tips.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Using Perforated Hosepipes
Less sophisticated than automatic irrigation systems, these perforated hosepipes are perfect for watering lots of plants at the same time. Unlike a regular hose, water gradually seeps out at soil level and penetrates deeply. Lay one along a row of thirsty vegetables, or weave it between newly planted shrubs and perennials. Attach the hose to a water butt, which may need to be raised up to provide a gravitational flow of water, or fit on to an outdoor tap. Lift your hose and reposition it as needed. The most efficient watering method if used correctly, seep hoses trickle water into the soil exactly where it is needed.
Although large containers need watering less frequently than small ones, they may still require water every day in summer. Porous terracotta pots dry out quickly, so consider lining them with plastic before planting. Don't rely on rain to water your pots because the soil often remains dry after a shower. When planting, leave a gap of at least 1 inch between the soil and the pot's rim to allow water to collect there. A bark or gravel mulch helps retain moisture. Direct water onto a piece of broken pot to help prevent compost being washed off the roots.
Help trees establish by inserting perforated drainage tubing into the hole, close to the roots, at planting time. Water poured into the exposed end is directed to the root area with no wastage. Mulch, or use a tree mat, to deter weeds and to seal in moisture.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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