It means to me , watering, So as to promote deeper root growth. Or
watering, So that X amount of depth of soil beneath the roots , Stays wet
in spite of evaporation in the soil closer to the surface. Long enough for
the plants to take advantage of it. By Advantage I mean, The plants will
grow roots down farther to reach the wetter soil when the soil above has
How do I know when I've accomplished it. I learned it by trial and error. By
under watering and overwatering errors. But The soil slightly below the
surface . stays wet for three days or more, when the surface soil is dry.
since i like to rattle on and i'm waiting
for the time slot at the watching paint dry
more than a squirt for a few minutes with
the hose. more than a single pass with the
watering can. more than a light spray from
the spray bottle.
if the watering quantity for a plant
says one inch per week, then deep watering
would be twice or more that amount.
in other words. it depends upon the
plant, soil and situation, but the major
difference to me is time. deep watering
takes time to get the water down in the
when we've done tomatoes the past few years
we've used 5 gallon buckets with holes in the
bottom, dug down into the soil a foot and a
half. when we watered if there hadn't been any
rain for a week or more we'd fill the buckets
too. they'd take a day or two to empty (as we
had the holes rather small). that was deep
watering. we surface watered in addition to
filling the buckets.
if we'd just gone with surface watering
we could never get enough water down fast
enough through the clay to meet the demands
that all the hot weather we had was putting
on the roots. as it was we still had a
little BER (the clay was rock hard when
we planted, i was surprised the plants did
as well as they did).
haha, house staining was done quite a while
ago, the soybeans are partly shelled, i'm at
about 15lbs. the lack of bad weather (not
complaining at all there :) ) has meant i
hopscotched via a bunch of other projects to
one other big project on the waiting list
(posted under horsetail on rec.gardens). i will
get back to the soybeans next week if the
weather forecast is accurate.
before i could get going on the one project i
had to finish burying a lot of organic materials
and bags of shredded leaves a friend gave us.
i've probably moved 20 tons of dirt the past
three weeks and another 5 tons of crushed
limestone. and before i could get to all this
digging and burying i had two other gardens i
excavated more clay from underneath and leveled
them and relocated a bunch of tulips. um, i guess
i've been busy, haha, and the weather has been
mostly beautiful for being outside in the gardens.
i was speaking in terms of general
population usage. :)
i'd be adding clay (a little goes a long
ways, as i've found via my experiments in
breaking it down in the other direction).
all the neighbor gardens in sandy soil around
us were baked out last summer. ours held up.
we don't go that far, but i wouldn't mind
something else someday.
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