10 tips for watering in the garden


Irrigation is one of the most important and relevant aspects when maintaining a productive organic garden.

Both excess and insufficient irrigation cause a multitude of diseases and disorders in plants, that is why we must achieve a water management adapted to the needs of our crops to avoid serious problems in the future.


10 tips for watering in the garden

1. One way to save time and water is through drip irrigation. This irrigation system allows us to dose the water and know how much we are watering, we can also see the results and adapt to the irrigation needs of crops, stations, etc.

2. In general, during the fall and winter, we simply give a support irrigation that we will combine with the rains. We must avoid watering at night and not flood the land.

3. Spring and summer usually coincide with the period of greatest development in the orchard, therefore, both due to high temperatures, the absence of rain and the development needs of the crops, we will need to increase both the amount of water and the frequency of irrigation. We will avoid watering during the day, being the best time to do it in the afternoon / night.

4. Although each crop has its peculiarities, in general it favors that the soil has a certain degree of humidity, so it is advisable to take advantage of the mulching or mulching technique.

5. It is important to know the composition of the water with which we irrigate. In some places it has high levels of chlorine, which can wreak havoc on the proper development of our crops. The same would happen with waters with a high level of salinity, since these salts are deposited in the soil and can saturate it.

6. If you do not use drip irrigation, in general it is not advisable to wet the aerial part of the crops, because it can cause fungi, burns, etc. It is better to limit ourselves to watering the land.

7. If the crops have gone a long period without receiving water, it is convenient in this case to gradually water them again and gradually increase the amount of water we provide instead of saturating them with large amounts from the beginning.

8. As not all plants have the same water needs, it is important that when designing the garden and associating the crops, we take into account the water needs of each plant and bring together plants with the same needs in the same area .

9. Normally, vegetables with broad leaves (chard, lettuce) and with large flowers (cauliflower, broccoli, artichokes) need more water than other types of vegetables. On the other hand, for fruit vegetables (tomato, zucchini or squash) we have to reduce the amount of water during flowering to avoid causing damage.

10. For irrigation in pots in which we do not have drip irrigation, we will pour water in the dish instead of doing it directly on the ground. In this way the roots develop more and we do not make mistakes of flooding the plant and causing rotting in the roots.

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