The growing season is in full swing now! As the growing season continues, summer begins to finally sink its claws in. With summer coming around the main concern may be saving water. Plants have to stay watered, but how in the world can you maximize the water you use so you’re not overdoing it? There are a number of ways to do this, and we found a few ways for water to be saved in the garden.
1. Don’t water in the evening
Watering plants in the evening may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. The water doesn’t have a chance to dry off the leaves of the plants. This can lead to the plants getting a fungal infection. On the other hand if plants begin to show signs of drought stress, be sure to water them in the afternoon.
2. Potted plants should be watered in the morning and afternoon
Plant growth can be greatly affected by the time of day they’re watered. Watering plants during this time of day gives plants the chance to have the water dry off their leaves, but doesn’t keep unnecessary water in the soil.
3. Set aside water used for cooking
Did you boil some potatoes? Heat up a pot of tea? Set that water aside to water plants with later. Boiled water also has the benefit of getting all the bad stuff out before it ever touches your plants. Only save water used to boil vegetables though or just simple heated water.
4. Invest in a water tank
There is always a couple of rainstorms during the summer. Get the most out of that free rainwater by having a water tank to save rainwater for your plants later.
5. Make use of compost
Compost retains water a lot better than people give it credit for. So add some compost to the bottom to a hole before planting your plants. Not only will your plants have nutrients, but it’s a low-cost way of saving water.
6. Use fish tank water
Of course, this only works if you have freshwater fish. Save the water from the fish tank to water your plants with. The old nitrogen and other nutrients will be excellent for your plants.
Water can evaporate quickly from the soil. Be sure to add some mulch along the top of the soil to hold in the water in the soil. Even a thin layer of mulch can do wonders for plants!
8. Check soil and weather before watering
If the soil for your plant is dry a few inches in, then it’s time for watering! On the other hand, if it’s going to rain that day, avoid watering your plants and let the rain do all the work.
9. Use organic matter to keep in water
Soil with organic matter in it retains water a lot better than other soils. Make sure of it for your plants!
10. Don’t overwater plants
Overwatering plants are not only harmful to plants, but can wrack up the water bill too. Water your plants when necessary, and unless they seem to be dry.