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How often should a vegetable garden be watered?
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Mesna
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March 25, 2022 - 9:28 pm

Hi all,

We put in a small vegetable garden this year with organic vegetable seeds that we bought online. It consists of green peppers, 3 Tomatoes, herb seeds ,Cucumbers and some pea pods.My husband set up an automatic watering system that waters every 5 hours each time. Is that too often? Thanks in advance!

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Reinettes
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March 26, 2022 - 5:34 pm

Hi Mesna,

Watering every 5 hours seems a bit much, but we don't know where you live and what your local climate and soils are like.  It also depends upon just how much water is being disbursed to the plants every 5 hours.  When the plants are watered also makes a difference.  Some vegetables can get foliar diseases, like mildew, if kept wet.  Also, when the weather gets hot, watering in a hot sunshine can result in leaf-burn.  Things can get tricky.  It's often best to check the vegetables on a daily basis and assess their individual needs, and hand-water as necessary.  Different types of vegetables need different types of care, water, fertility, etc.  

You might want to check your local library for a good book on growing organic vegetables in your area.  You're obviously interested in fresh, homegrown food.  There's a learning curve over time, but there is nothing better than organically homegrown vegetables!

All best wishes in your new gardening venture.  

Reinettes.

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John S
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March 26, 2022 - 6:48 pm

If you water just when it gets dark, the slugs love it.  On the other hand, I don't love slugs.
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