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Watering with soakers. How long? How often?

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Watering with soakers. How long? How often?

Post  Weedless_ on 5/11/2015, 1:47 pm

I live in Alabama where summer starts in mid April. We were blessed with very mild April and half of May this year, and now 90s+ are upon us and they fry my vegetables! Since I don't like cucumber tempura, I'd like to approach the watering systematically.
I put down soaker hoses and want to figure out how frequently, and how long the 4x8' boxes should be watered. They are 12" deep and hold water loving veggies mostly. Soakers are laid in rows of 3 in the box, so every 2' effectively.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Watering with soakers. How long? How often?

Post  yolos on 5/11/2015, 2:11 pm

@Weedless_ wrote:I live in Alabama where summer starts in mid April. We were blessed with very mild April and half of May this year, and now 90s+ are upon us and they fry my vegetables! Since I don't like cucumber tempura, I'd like to approach the watering systematically.
I put down soaker hoses and want to figure out how frequently, and how long the 4x8' boxes should be watered. They are 12" deep and hold water loving veggies mostly. Soakers are laid in rows of 3 in the box, so every 2' effectively.

Thanks in advance!

I found you have to run the soakers a long time.  If you want to find out how long to run them this is what I was told.  Take something like a cake pan or tuna can.  Put it under the soaker hoses at ground level.  Then run the soaker hose.  If the veggie calls for 1 inch of rain per week, you can tell how long you have to run the soaker hose to get 1 inch.  Just let the can fill up 1 Inch and time it.  I never tried this and it probably depends on how well your soil wicks and how close you lay the hoses.  I bought a cheapie moisture meter.  Ran the hose for 30 minutes and then checked the moisture.  Ran it an additional 30 minutes and checked the moisture again.  etc.


How often - all depends on your temps, soil and mulch and the amount of water each type of vegetable requires to grow optimally.
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