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Do you water in winter?

This is mostly a question for those with a similar climate to mine here in urban Belgium - cool wet winters, where there is rarely a week without rain and temperatures are generally above freezing. 


Do you water your garden in winter?

In early December, I planted some trees, shrubs and perennials in my new garden (clayey soil), which I watered in properly when I put them in the ground.  I told myself I would not need to water till Spring since it rains almost weekly here (steady, all night rain), but now the colour of the ground has lightened after a few days without rain I am revisiting my decision, and wanted to see what others do? (:

As for pots - I understand these need attention year round, but less water in winter as the plants are dormant.  So while I've not watered since December because of all the rain we have had, I would do so if its been two weeks without rain.  What do you do?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,573
    @Obelixx used to live in Belgium.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,492
    This year has been more about emptying saucers than watering.😏
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,746
    I do - about once a month.  The land here is very very dry.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,983
    We've had no worthwhile rain around here in the last couple of months, and none forecast for the coming month either.
    So I have had the need to water pots and raised borders over the last few winters - something I'd never done in the last 40ish years - but it's a very different climate these days.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,278
    No, not even pots. The ground never goes dry here (if so, it is only the upper centimeter or two). Actually, it sometimes takes me a bit too long in spring to realize that I should start watering (like after 3 weeks of almost no rain in April).
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,261
    Only if planting. That said, a few of my potted plants did feel a bit light yesterday when I moved them, so I gave them a quick water.
    East Yorkshire
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    We've had almost no regular rain since Nov, where I am, so, yes, I have been watering pots. No rain forecast through Feb here either.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,028
    I'm in Dordogne. It has hardly rained for a month, we've had quite heavy frosts. I haven't watered anything. I put my fingers into pots to feel if they feel damp, they do and the earth in the flowers beds is quite wet and sticky, but I have a lot of clay soil.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 1,976
    Your plants both in the ground and in pots will still be dormant.  Unless they are showing signs of stress, I would wait for spring before watering.  Overwatering when plants are dormant can cause roots to rot.  If temperatures are mild though and the plant is showing signs of growth, i.e. not dormant, a light watering won't harm.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • borgadrborgadr Posts: 577
    edited January 2022
    I watered this weekend, but only exceptionally because it's been so dry this last month and there's zero rain in the 10-day forecast. 

    Even then, the only things I watered were pots of spring bulbs (in recent winters I've had the opposite worry  - too wet for too long) and potted roses & evergreens. The surface of the soil felt slightly damp to the touch (from dew I guess), but underneath was dry soil.
    In the ground I only watered the very few shrubs that I'd recently planted whose roots won't be established enough yet. 
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