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Post  Toastie on 5/11/2010, 12:13 am

Is there a good book or website that can tell me about how much water and how often i should apply the water or is it a trial and kill thing I need to learn
Also would like to find out other general information
I did look at LSU's Ag center and got some information from there already


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Post  GloriaG on 5/11/2010, 12:30 am

Hi Toastie,

Welcome to the Forum. I'm new too, but you'll find everyone here very nice and helpful. If you don't have a copy of the the New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew, you should pick one up. It's a really good source for lots of information including a section on watering. I followed it very closely and where I had questions I've asked the forum members for help. Seems to be working so far.

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Post  ColoradoNatureGirl on 5/11/2010, 12:48 am

Hi and Welcome to the Forum!

I am new here as well.

When I first built my beds a couple of weeks ago I thought I soaked them pretty well but they seemed dried out every day. I had planted and nothing was coming up in the times suggested on the packages. So then I watered my beds until I had water seeping out the bottom like it suggest in the book. I had sprouts in a few days and am only watering every few days now.

Hope that helps a little!

The book is a HUGE help and I second Gloria's suggestion to pick it up.
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Post  Toastie on 5/11/2010, 7:37 am

I have the book, but do not have the mix. I had gotten the book after I had most of my plots down

So I am looking for a place I can get some general informaiton


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Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/11/2010, 8:02 am

Mel's mix seems to be difficult to hydrate once it is dried out. We haven't had rain in three weeks, so I'm watering twice a day at present, pretty much following what Mel recommends, but also flying by the seat of my pants in some instances. In the morning, I use a sprayer and also water the empty squares, then in the late afternoon use the dipper method.

If you are not gardening in Mel's mix, see if you can find a copy of his original book -- I think www.half.com has some. His watering guide is a bit different in that due to gardening in soil rather than MM.

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