Watering container garden

Asked July 5, 2020, 9:12 PM EDT

I have been watering our garden in the evening but I just read on the MSU page to water in the morning so leaves can dry off and lower risk of disease. These hot and dry days are killing my pickling cucumbers (see photo). Besides switching to morning watering, what else can I do? Also, should I separate these onions?

Genesee County Michigan

3 Responses


Water frequently! Containers dry out quickly and need to be watered more often than traditional gardens.

Don't water during hot, mid-day periods to reduce water loss to evaporation. Some experts argue against watering late in the evening due to possible disease problems associated with wet foliage. Morning is usually the best time to water.

I have included some tip sheets for certain types of container gardening - please look at the "Care and maintenance" section of each tip sheet it will also address watering.

Container gardening in a sunny area tip sheet -May 11, 2017 - Author: Bridget K. Behe at this link:


Container gardening in a shaded area tip sheet - May 12, 2017 - Author: Bridget K. Behe at this link:


Container gardening with vegetables & herbs tip sheet - August 25, 2016 at this link:


Here is another great article: Successful container gardening - Containers are a great way to garden or add interest to your garden. Dixie Sandborn, Michigan State University Extension - June 7, 2013 at this link:


THANK YOU! I was so nervous about root rot from over watering. I appreciate the further reading materials.

You are welcome - Have a great day!!