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Post  Bart on 6/28/2016, 3:02 pm

Hi Folks,

I don't seem to know how to water the garden. With Mel's Mix is it true that you can not over water? I ask because I seem to not be watering enough, so I figure I'll err in the direction of watering too much. At least then my poor suffering plants will get the water that they need. How can I tell when it's too dry?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/28/2016, 3:26 pm

Good question.  Might do best to ask you regional buddies.  They would know more about your area.  

When I hose water I use a wand attachment, with a shower option, on my hose and hold it under the plant for almost 5 seconds.  Same when I water with the watering can - 5 seconds.  Seems to work.  I've never been able to over water my MM and I water twice a week whether it needs it or not.  

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Post  Bart on 6/28/2016, 3:50 pm

Twice a week doesn't seem enough for my SFG
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/28/2016, 4:38 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
When I hose water I use a wand attachment, with a shower option, on my hose and hold it under the plant ...


That is exactly what I do but I have not timed how long I hold it in any one place. The wand attachment is great ... no bending over, no resulting backache and the water goes onto the MM not onto the plants.

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Post  Bart on 6/28/2016, 8:45 pm

Ditto.

I suppose what I'm really asking, is it normal to do a heavy water every other day? That seems like a lot.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/28/2016, 10:39 pm

I sometimes stick a finger in the MM to see if it is still moist an inch or so (depending on what stage the plants are at) below the surface. For new seeds it may require more frequent watering due to surface evaporation. Last summer we were away for well over a week during some hot weather in July. During that time the SFG did not get any watering, although it may have rained at least once. All was well when we returned home. Of course a lot depends on your location and weather conditions. 

As far as over watering is concerned, I have not had a problem even when I create puddles of water on the surface of the MM before it soaks in. I tend to water each square the same amount and at the same frequency but I really should check to see what each type of plant requires. For example, tomatoes may prefer a deeper watering on a less frequent schedule than some other plants. But keeping track of those differences is too much work for me.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/28/2016, 10:53 pm

Honestly, I don't water unless it doesn't rain . Then it is 2 x per week. My tomatoes all have leaf curl, no idea why. Plenty of rain. .?
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Post  sanderson on 6/29/2016, 1:40 am

Bart,  Here in CA I water everyday in the summer with the hose wand and 2X week with the drip lines.  Increase your watering until you feel comfortable with the wetness an inch or 2 down.  Don't worry what other folks are watering. You don't want the Mix to get dry because it is hard to get it uniformly wet again.

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Post  Bart on 6/29/2016, 3:58 pm

I put a water meter down to the bottom and it read moist. I watered it deeply yesterday, so I think I'll water again tomorrow. Every two days seems the right way to go. But, that could change.

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Post  yolos on 6/29/2016, 5:00 pm

Right now in some beds I am watering by soaker hose every other day.  Some beds, every third day.  It all depends how intensively they are planted.  My pole bean beds are intensely planted and I almost feel like they need to be watered every day.  But I hold off and do it every other day.  I also use a moisture meter but some times I pull it out and it says DRY.  What, I just watered it heavily yesterday, how could it be dry.  Must be some thing wrong with the moisture meter.  But no, I stick my finger down and it is dry.  So it all depends on how intensely it is planted, how heavily mulched and how hot it is.
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Post  Bart on 6/29/2016, 5:59 pm

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Post  Mikesgardn on 6/29/2016, 9:39 pm

Good question.  I live in Maryland, and our summers are hot.  My wife and I both work, so we don't have much time.   So for years, I would go out every morning before work and water my garden with a hose nozzle.  I was rushed.  On really hot days, the plants would wilt by the time I got home, so I would also water the garden after I got home.  My garden did fairly well.    So, yes, you can't water Mel's mix too much.  However, I did have problems with downy mildew disease and other things.  So this year, I decided to follow the advice of a fellow gardener who said to only water your garden if your plants are wilting IN THE MORNING.  So far so good!
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