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Water, this precious good that makes us more and more lacking, is essential to the life of the garden and its plantations. With the heat, the needs increase. The explanations of System D to make the best use of it and to save it.

Water the plants well during the summer period

Arrange watering the garden

The vagaries of meteorology make us feel how much the gardener must be prepared for any eventuality. Do not be surprised by the summer, predict the water needs of the garden and perfect their management.

  • If you do not already have a natural water point (river, well, borehole...) on your property, you have to consider investing. Namely: the excavations are paid by the linear meter dug. Check with neighbors to get an idea of ​​how deep the water table is.
  • In view of the increasing scarcity of water and the enormous needs of modern agriculture, the formalities are more and more binding to start work. A small tour in the town hall or a few questions to his digger will suffice to give the way to follow.
  • Unfortunately, there is no longer a "double meter" formula for garden owners. But, considering the price of the cubic meter of drinking water, the works are amortized very quickly. Check the status of the distribution of your water points.
  • The standard taps must be no more than 40 m apart. Beyond, the transport of the pipe is reserved for the sportsmen, considering its weight. Not to mention the loss of pressure and the obstacles encountered in an average garden. It is therefore wise to shorten this gap by about half.
  • If you opt for an automatic irrigation, integrated or not, it must be coupled with a distribution system by solenoid valves. In the opposite case, faced with the absence of pressure, there will be the obligation to multiply the nozzles unnecessarily.
  • Practical and economical (evaporation is reduced), nocturnal operation is the most desirable. From time to time, operate your daytime installation to verify that there are no leaks or blockages.
  • For watering by hand, hose and watering can, opt for the end of the day or the early morning. In the daytime, 80% of the water returns immediately to the atmosphere. Watering in the evening allows plants to drink all night long; the morning watering avoids thermal shocks between fresh water and plants languishing by heat.
  • Side rhythm, daily watering is useless. Better to water copiously every three or four days than superficially every day. Time savings, fatigue and water expenses. This does not apply to the hotpot, of course, which, because of its reduced volume, requires daily or even twice daily supplies for the most thirsty plants.
  • Prevention is also a form of watering that is easy to understand. The more you limit evaporation, the less water you have to bring. To do this, you have to multiply mulches of all kinds, organic or inert. Regularly boring bare surfaces, to create a break in the crevices through which water escapes. Also protect against sunburn the trunks of recently planted trees (last fall or spring), surrounding them with strips of burlap or forcing veil. Remember in any case a clear and airy product, banishing the plastic.

How to water the garden?

How to water vegetables

  • At the foot of vegetables in particular, bring consistent mulch.
  • These covers regulate the hygrometry and avoid jolts of vegetation. Organic, they give more humus.

Watering radishes

How to water radishes

  • Contrary to popular belief, growing radishes is not easy: they become spicy as soon as they are thirsty.
  • To remedy this, sow them in deep furrows and then cover them with chopped straw.

Watering melons and pickles

How to water melons and pickles

  • Gherkins and melons do not support the water on their foliage: it causes diseases.
  • To only wet their feet, have tiles that will serve as gutters and facilitate the task.

Watering tomatoes

How to water tomatoes

  • To bring liquid fertilizers to gourmet vegetables, spread them on their foot.
  • Tomatoes win to be watered "at the bottleneck".
  • If you have a lot, install a porous pipe under the mulch.

Watering the pots

Watering with a sprinkler

  • Make an express watering of the pots placed outside, using a sprinkler.
  • On a mineral terrace, plant the sprinkler in a pot of pebbles, which will serve as ballast while remaining mobile.

Tips for better watering the garden

Fight water leaks from watering in the garden

  • Stop leaks! Limit water losses by monitoring circuit and equipment during the season.
  • In particular, the collars of the nozzles mounted on pipe are to tighten at the first weakness.

Adapt the watering on the ground

Water according to the soil of the garden

  • Help newly installed plants by creating a bowl on their foot, or increasing it if it already exists.
  • In porous soil, compact the bottom with the hoe to slow the passage of the water.

Protect plantations from the garden hose

Make sure the hose does not crush the plants

  • Solid pipes can become real rollers if they pass over the plants.
  • Stitch special bumpers at the corners of the beds, or in the absence of sturdy pieces of cylindrical tube (PVC or iron).

Move the nozzles to better water

Bypass umbrella vegetation to water

  • The nozzles of the integrated irrigation systems must not be disturbed by the nearby foliage, otherwise they will only water nearby.
  • Move them, if necessary, or offer them a bigger stake.

Use the tanks with water reserve

Water a tank with water reserve

  • Often asphyxiants during the bad season, the tanks with reserve of water now find their full employment.
  • Always allow one or two days to dry before refilling.

To mulch for less water

Mulch with untreated turf

  • Grass clippings provide excellent mulch.
  • Rich in nitrogen, it is effective even in thin layer.
  • Be careful not to apply it against the collar of plants and banish any treated turf.

Group the hotpot so as not to forget to water them

Watering hotpot in summer

  • If one entrusts the watering of his potées to a third during his absence, group them in a luminous corner, without too much sun and near a water point. The forgotten ones will be less frequent!

And fertilizers?

Bring fertilizer to the plants

In this heat, plants consume as much food as the days are longer. Be careful with the type of fertilizer that is brought to them but especially, the way it is applied.

  • Never put product in direct contact with roots at the risk of burning them.
  • Do not bring fertilizer, even liquid (picture), on a copiously watered ground.
  • Prefer, in the ground, the products with slow diffusion and reduce the doses of half, even if to increase the frequency of the applications.


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