Watering the Plot Efficiently for Better Plants

Efficient Watering

Efficient watering will save your time, your money (if you have metered water) and most importantly give you better plants

Do You Need to Water?

The first question is do we need to water? It seems on our allotments that the moment the sun comes out so does the hosepipe. They spray away with no regard to any actual need and often their unnecessary watering does more harm than good.

Poor Watering Weakens Plants

Just spraying lightly encourages the plant roots to spread out on the surface rather than going down into the soil where the moisture and minerals are. These shallow roots are easily damaged and vulnerable to drying out in really hot dry weather.

I’ll show you how to test if you actually need to water in this clip. You’ll be surprised at the sophisticated tool I use to determine this!

You can find a range of watering equipment in the allotment shop including Water Butts, Soaker Hoses and Watering Cans

Posted in John's Gardening Tips
4 comments on “Watering the Plot Efficiently for Better Plants
  1. Peter Huntingdon Bewers says:

    Thank you , for your watering tips, I too in Jersey C.I. am experiencing very hot Weather , around 28/30 degrees daily, so am trying to not let my Allotment Dry Out, I will try your tip of Watering every Three Days instead of Daily, this will save me time as my Allotment is some way from where I live. The other problem I have id , Bird Damage , some years ago someone wanted to start a Pheasant Shoot and was refused consent so in revenge he just let the bird go free, now they are everywhere and damage plants by just having a peck at everything, I forgot to protect my Runner and climbing French Beans and they stripped the bottom of the plants, possibly early morning, Pigeons don’t help either. You learn something new every Day. Happy Gardening. Peter.

  2. Karen says:

    Fab watering advice thank you!

  3. Joe Price says:

    Thanks John,I will try that watering advice as we do not have access to a mains supply.

  4. Bob Hallworth says:

    Reference watering – for many years I have used either 1 litre plant pots or upside down plastic drink bottles ( the bottom cut off) placed by the veg and put about 4 to 5 inches into the ground. Watering is easy just filling up the pot/bottle. This ensures the water goes well down into the ground and encourages the roots to `find` it and saves a lot of water. Have tried to `educate` fellow allotment holders but most seem to prefer wafting the hose pipe around their plot!

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