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How often do you water the garden?


how often do you water the beds in the garden in the summer? Is it a deep soak once a week or maybe longer? Do you water each individual plant or do you soak the whole area?

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  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666


    New spring plantings will get a weekly water if its very dry though.

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i water once a week and give it a really deep water, sometimes i just put the hose down and come back and move it to the next area as and when but a good deep watering is much better than a light water every couple of days. light watering doesn't really get to the roots either & if only the top inch or so gets wet then it will just evaporate the following day if it;s hot.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    never, except for the newly planted if I can't avoid it

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738
    darren636 says:


    New spring plantings will get a weekly water if its very dry though.

    See original post


    Doesn't the soil get too dry during the summer?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    With flowers or shrubs, I puddle in new plantings, then only water if things are starting to droop.

    Veg patch has soaker hoses which get turned on after a week of no rain fall in high summer. Runner beans in particular like a fair amount of water.

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 738

    Nutculet, do you have clay soil or do you have the good soil where it has lots of organic matter in it?

    I would love to get to the stage where I don't have to water at all! i worry though that the plants will die!

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241

    The garden rarely and only certain plants. The containers at least once and maybe twice a day. The further from the house the more drought resistant they need to be if they are to survive.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241

    Craigh, I am reminded of the story about the man who had just about trained his donkey to live without food and water, and then, for no apparent reason, it diedimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,695

    A lot of organic matter helps. it acts like a sponge.  I have clay on one side and sandy soil on the other, and both are improved by as much compost and FYM as I can get.

    Patio pots can need watering twice a day in high summer.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,124

    Never for me as well. Once things are planted and watered in thoroughly, they're left to get on with it. 

    Clematis might get the odd can of water during long dry spells, but they're in raised timber beds so a bit more susceptible to drying out. We get a lot of rainfall all through summer though. 

    Pots are different though, but it does depend on what's in them.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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