Proper Watering

Weather: 86°F Cloudy (Low 63°F)

There are a few things to discuss in our post this week (sorry we skipped some time between posts-end of school chaos). Let’s start with the good news; the strawberry crop is flush and thriving! If you don’t have a perennial strawberry bed we HIGHLY recommend you start one. Very little input and a ton of yummy produce to celebrate the end of the school year. Now for the bad news…we are having an “us or them” moment in the garden as we find more of our beet leaves chomped off. The deer/rabbits/gremlins haven’t been munching much else so I have to be a little grateful but I am considering putting up some chicken wire if they continue to view the garden as a buffet! I’ll end with a quick word on proper watering. Now that the heat is on, it’s time to provide additional water to the garden. Most plants in our edible garden require at least one inch of rain a week. That is not achieved by a short burst of rain or a quick sprinkle of water. In order to penetrate the soil and reach the roots water needs to permeate the first few inches of soil. If you have mulch covering your beds you need more water to reach the root zone. If you’re using a hose plan to spend at least 10-15 minutes watering your garden. Aim for the roots and use the shower setting on your sprayer to protect thin stems. Don’t water in a hurry, spend time reflecting on your growing plants, daydream, etc. Water one plant then another then another and repeat the process several times so each plant is visited by the hose more than once. This longer period will allow water to be absorbed deep into the soil and less will evaporate off the surface. Try to water during the morning. Alright that’s all from us! Now we’re just waiting for those first peas and carrots!

Radish flower buds
Radish flower buds
Almost ready to pick peas!
Almost ready to pick peas
Who's been eating my beet greens?!
Who’s been eating my beet greens?!
Herbivore damage

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