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Watering the garden to maximise plant growth

Posted on June 15, 2022 at 2:46 pm

At this time of the year, it is important to water our outdoor plants even if we have a few showers as this may not be enough to water them sufficiently. On warm, windy days planters can quickly become dry and inevitably the plants will suffer so to maximise healthy plant growth containers should be watered daily.

Watering plants in the morning and evening when it is not too hot minimises moisture loss due to evaporation. Annuals will need frequent watering too as they are usually shallow-rooted and quickly dry out in warm, sunny weather conditions. Plants that are planted in compost need to be watered before the soil becomes completely dry and shrinks from the edge of the container otherwise the compost does not absorb the water quickly enough and the water drains away. Should the soil become too dry the best thing to do is water the plants a little every hour until the compost is moist again.

If you are away on holiday watering the plants can be an issue unless you can ask a neighbour to water the plants for you. Automatic watering systems can be used, or a homemade irrigation system can be made using a hose with holes in, trailing around the pots or flowerbeds.

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