Conserving water in the vegetable garden

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Another tip is to avoid simply over watering your garden.  Young plants don’t need as much water as older plants do.  There’s a limit to how much water plants can use.  Any more than that run off, is wasted, or stays around to cause root rot problems.

Another way to save water is to keep weeds out of the garden.  Weeds use water for their own growth and transpire large amounts of water to the air.  You’ll be surprised how much less water the garden will need, if weeds aren’t allowed to grow.

Mulch can be a big help in conserving soil moisture.  Use hay, straw, leaves, or plastic.  Finally always use good judgment when running water, and remember that the water you waste today may become the water you wish you had tomorrow.

For more information on conserving water in the vegetable garden  contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200 or visit our websitehttp://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu  or www.http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu  and see Publication  SP 103, SL339; or  Master Gardener Handbook: North and Central Florida. Volume 1, 2 and 3; Drip Irrigation Systems for Small Conventional Vegetable Farm.



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