Sunday, May 24, 2009
We put the sprinkler on the veg patch for the first time today! our soil tends to be on the coarse, dry side (comes from not sifting compost) and is well drained. We've had such gorgeous, sunny days for the last week and so it was time to haul out the old sprinkler. We watered the babies with an old watering can until they grew strong enough to tolerate the force of the overhead sprinkler. I love our Haws watering can - it has a very fine mist and is ergonomically easy to handle. The best time to water is in the morning, and late evening is the worst - as this leaves the foliage damp overnight and contributes to powdery mildew. It's best to water your garden thoroughly once a week rather than a brief shower every day. Mulching is an excellent way to prevent moisture from evaporating. See here http://www.canadiangardening.com/what-to-do-now/jobs-in-the-garden-by-season/the-best-ways-to-water/a/1727 for the best ways to water.