Watering your vegetable garden seems like a pretty logical process. Hot plants need water so give it to them, right? Not so fast!
We explain in this short video:
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Video Transcript for “When Watering Your Vegetable Garden Can Cost You Dearly”
Brian Clapp, WeekendFarmer.com:
Here in Colorado we’ve had a pretty crazy run of about 5-7 straight days of 95 degree weather -and it’s not just hot, we’ve got a big bright sun, beating down on our garden. Sometimes when I come out during the middle of the day, I notice the plant leaves look really stressed; they are wilty and they look like they can’t compete with the sun.
Most people, their first instinct is to go grab the hose and give their plants an extra drink of water to help them through the hot period – but you have to fight that instinct and I’ll tell you why.
If you grab your hose and start dousing your plants from the top-down, you are going to get water accumulation on the leaf, he leaf opens up to absorb the water, but since there is such high heat the water evaporates quickly, the leaf is left open and exposed, and in turn burns. It’s called leaf scorch and it’s what you get from watering your vegetable garden the wrong way at the wrong time.
Leaf scorch is pretty obvious to diagnose, the leaf turns brown either in total or in spots, or appears like the leaf veins are popping out. There is no cure for leaf scorch, the damage is done and often the leaf will need to be removed. You can really damage your plants by watering your vegetable garden from the top-down during periods of high heat.
Here’s what you can do – if you want to water during high heat periods, you must water from the bottom. Grab your hose and water at the base of your plants near the roots. The roots are going to take up the water to the leaves from the inside, not the outside, which will dleiver the water where it is needed and won’t result in damaging leaf scorch.
Make sure you are always watering your vegetable garden in the right manner, trust me, investing in a drip irrigation system is the way to go!