Watering

Asked June 21, 2020, 11:03 PM EDT

Hello, For garden watering in warm weather, is it best for the health and growth of the plants to water in the morning or evening? Will plants do better if watering is done once a day or twice a day? This is for a newly planted garden and many of the plants are drought-resistant. Are there different watering guidelines for vegetable gardens? Thank you, Emily

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Watering in the morning allows the plants to use water during the day, when they need it. Watering on the soil, not on the leaves, helps cut down on infections. Watering on a schedule is not advisable. Get an inexpensive water probe and water when the soil is dry 1” down (where the roots are). Watering too seldom allows the plants to wilt. Watering too often leaches out nutrients from the soil, and plants starve. Use a time release or organic fertilizer so the nutrients are available over a long time. But, in the hottest days, or for plants in containers, you may test, and discover they need to be watered twice or even three times a day. You can find more suggestions here: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9027 Good luck!