Watering tips for these hot days of summer.
Even though we seem to be getting some rain in northeastern Indiana we haven’t had a good soaking rain in a while. The ground seems hard as a rock, and you may have noticed the corn leaves starting to curl up to retain moisture. Gardens are starting to suffer as well so I thought we would discuss watering tips.
When to water. You do not want to water in the late afternoon or evenings as this promotes diseases. The best time is early morning, though early afternoon is still acceptable.
How to water. Using drip irrigation or soaker hoses are best, though your plants will love the water however they get it.
How much to water. Over watering your plants is even worse than not giving them enough. If you dig into the soil near the plant and it is moist 2-3 inches down your plant should be fine. If it is dry at the depth then you will need to water. If you are not using drip irrigation then a good soaking every few days is better than a little water daily. The roots need to breath and you want them to have time to not be soaking wet.
Where to get your water. The water spigot on the house is fine, but if you can conserve water with rain barrels that is even better. Even a small roof can collect a lot of rain.  There is 144 square inches in one square foot, multiplied by a 1,000 square foot roof equals 144,000 square inches, turned to cubic inches with 1 inch of rain, divided by 231 cubic inches of water in a gallon equals 623 gallons  of water off of a 1,000 square foot roof with just 1 inch of rain. If you were using 55 gallon barrels for storage this would take over 11 barrels.
-Chris K.
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