Watering your Raised Vegetable Garden
Water is an essential element for all gardens. How often and how much you water a raised vegetable garden will depend on the weather and type of plants, as well as the type of soil or soil mix it’s planted in.
In general, raised beds require more water than in-ground gardens due to higher exposure to wind, sun and other elements. Most vegetable plants need 1 inch of water per week during the growing season, either through rainfall or watering.
Signs of Under-watering
Knowing how and when to water your plants can be a challenge. Under-watering is a common problem, especially with new gardens. Signs that your plants are not getting enough water include:
- Wilting – Leaves that are dry, curved, and beginning to yellow.
- Slow growth – Plants not growing to their full potential.
- Dry soil – Test soil by poking a finger into it. If it’s dry an inch below the surface, it’s time to water.
How to Water
Water deeply and infrequently to encourage plants to grow deep roots. This means letting the soil dry out between waterings and then saturating the soil when you water. Hand-water rather than using a sprinkler; you don’t need to water your whole garden every time you water. To conserve water, put down a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist and reduce evaporation.
Watering a raised vegetable garden correctly is important to ensure good yields. Make sure you water your plants with 1 inch of water per week, either from rainfall or your own irrigation system. Knowing what to look for and how to water properly can help you keep your plants healthy and thriving all season long.