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Watering Vegetables: Critical Watering Times

Posted May 25 2009 10:13pm

Water is essential for vegetable growth. Vegetables are mostly water: an ear of corn is 70 percent water, a potato is 80 percent water, and a tomato is 95 percent water. Vegetables will not grow and yield without consistent, even watering.

 

When to water.To know when your garden needs water, feel the soil and look at the plants. If the soil is moist and sticky, if it forms a ball in the palm of your hand, you do not need to water. If the soil does not hold together in your hand, it is too dry, and it is time to water. When plants wilt and look droopy in the morning, it is time to water.

 

Critical times for vegetable watering.The best rule is too keep vegetables and fruits evenly moist: if you stick your finger in the soil and it comes away damp, not dry and not glistening wet, the soil is evenly moist. Otherwise, review the paragraph above, and read the vetegable watering tips at the end of this post.

 

Here are the critical times to get the watering right:

 

Asparagus: during spear development and production and during fern development; less water is needed when ferns reach full size.

 

Bean, dried: during pollination, flowering, and pod development; blossoms may drop and pods may fail to enlarge if watering is inadequate; ¾ gallon per week per foot of row.

 

Bean, snap: during pollination, flowering, and pod development; blossoms may drop and pods may fail to enlarge if watering is inadequate; 1 gallon per week per foot of row.

 

Bean, lima: during pollination, flowering, and pod development of pods; blossoms may drop and pods may fail to enlarge if watering is inadequate; 1 gallon per week per foot of row.

 

Beet: consistent, even water throughout growing season and especially during root development to avoid cracking and knobby roots and hot flavor--symptoms of water stress; 1 gallon per week per foot of row or square yard.

 

 

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