Nothing is more important to a garden than water, but the guesswork behind it -- figuring out the amount of water each plant needs and how long to keep the water trained on the greenery -- can make it seem like an endless chore. There are, however, a number of tools that make the job significantly easier.
A drooping plant is the most obvious sign that the garden is thirsty. Some plants begin to sag before others show any sign of dehydration; once you've learned which plants show symptoms earliest, you can use them as a gauge. Test the soil with a finger before watering. Appearances can often trick you; even if the surface is dry, the soil underneath may be perfectly fine.
When you water, it's important to water deeply. It encourages the plants to send roots farther into the soil, which aids them in times of drought, water-use restrictions, or simple neglect. Deep watering means applying at least an inch of water, which willRead More »from Make the Neighboors Jealous with a Green Summer Garden