Hey everyone, I have a question about watering.
Ok, here is my situation:
I have a backyard garden in boxes, over the past week or so we have gotten
at least a bit of rain every day but not every day has rained the same
amount and obviously not the same amount of water as I give them every day
when it does not rain.
So... what is the solution? Do I keep watering every day or water a bit when
it rains a bit and not at all when it rains hard?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Moist, thank you.
I find that containers dry out MUCH faster than things
planted in the ground. If there's any doubt about a
container needing water, I water it.
I think it's difficult to over-water an outdoor container.
One disadvantage: you do need to water much more often.
OTOH, little of the water is wasted - all goes to the plants
you're growing (except for the little bit that runs out the
Another: you need to have some kind of containers, and
something to fill them with - top soil mixed with peat, or
soil-less mix, or (as in my case) spent-mushroom-soil, etc.
If you use a soil-less mix or a low-nitrogen soil, you'd
obviously need to feed the plants as well.
Those are the only disadvantages I can think of.
Everything I've grown in containers has done wonderfully and
been very easy to tend. Almost no weeding necessary, the
plants have grown vigorously and been super-productive.
If you need to cover the plants with floating row cover
(cabbage butterflies, etc.), you can easily do so by making
a cage of chicken wire and covering that with the row cover.
Or by just draping the row cover directly over the plants.
Chicken-wire cages can also support shade-cloth for lettuce
in hot weather.
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