The scorching episode of the past few days makes more than one gardener think. Woe if the plants that we have been pampering for several months do not resist the summer heatwave … To avoid a fatal drought, here are some watering tips to apply all summer.
Know your garden well to water it better
Each garden has very specific water needs, depending on many factors. The first factor to consider is the nature of the soil. If a clay soil tends to quickly soak up water, a sandy type of soil causes a rapid and deeper diffusion of water. In the first case, watering should be done more sparingly so as not to drown the plants.
Type of soil
Whatever the nature of the soil, it is preferable to water regularly and after checking the state of dryness of the soil over a few centimeters deep. Indeed, dry soil on the surface can still be wet at the root level.
In addition, care must be taken to respect the water requirements of plants, both according to specific or varietal characteristics, but also taking into account the stage of development of the plants. Within the same species, certain varieties are more or less sensitive or resistant to heat. Use varieties adapted to the local climate to minimize the risk of loss. Finally, young seedlings and plants, as well as those in the flowering or fruiting period, are the most sensitive to lack of water.
Choosing your irrigation water
The water distributed via the local network offers the guarantee of being drinkable. But the bill at the end of summer may be salty if you plan to use it in the garden.
As for rainwater, it can be stored for watering. If it can be slightly polluted depending on the regions and atmospheric conditions, the soil will quickly filter this water.
Another solution is to draw water. Ask your town hall, because authorizations and/or administrative declarations are necessary to be able to collect spring or underground water.
Recommended water temperature: at room temperature, ideally around 23 ° C.
“Just-in-time” watering management
It is a fact: water is a scarce resource. In order not to waste precious liters, watering must be intelligent. The gardener must then think about the logistics surrounding watering: technique (s) used, right time and resource management.
Watering: between tradition and modernity in the vegetable patch
Devoting entire evenings during the summer period can discourage many amateurs from increasing the area devoted to the garden.
Investing in an automatic or drip irrigation system makes it easy to control the amount of water supplied while avoiding back and forth with the watering can. In addition, a timer will allow you to water at the right time, without fear of being forgotten. It is also a good solution in case of absence or if a loved one cannot come to maintain your vegetable garden during your vacation.
Don’t forget your old friend, the watering can. If modern solutions can save you precious energy and time, watering remains an important gesture for the gardener. It allows you to wander your mind around the alleys of the vegetable patch after a day of work and “brings you closer” to your plantations.
Towards a garden without watering?
Some have been doing this for many years. Their secret? Patience. After numerous trials, they select the varieties most suited to the local climate and which require the least water. Followers of mulching and gardening in lasagna, this amateur, and professional gardeners now do without watering the vegetable garden while enjoying abundant crops.