How much water do you put in your garden?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by silkiechicken, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    So I calculated at 8 gallons per minute of water from the hose, being on for about 30 minutes each watering session, I use about 250 gallons a water each watering period. I water on every 3rd of 4th day giving the plants about 1.5 inches of water each (15-20 gallons per row), for a total of about maybe 2.5in of water a week. I'm curious, how much does everyone else water their plants?
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Well.................. I'm not one that has the patience to stand there with a hose and water. I learned a bit about "swamp" irrigation when I lived out in AZ.

    Once a week or so, I flood everything to the point they are starting to float. HONEST! I use container gardening because the ground here is so hard packed clay. Plants, dirt and all will float to the top of the containerI then let the soil dry out again. I've been doing this for over 20 years and works fine for my lazy butt.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2007
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Ah, I don't think anything would float here, just get mushy, rot, and all that water being paid for would run into the ground. Never worked with high clay soils before... Sounds like nothing grows in it. With high density chicken poo, soil is rather rich around here :p. I hear water is expensive up here too compared to other areas which is why nobody floods anything with water. It comes out to being about $2 per 100ccf. (about 783 gallons or so)
  4. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    East Brady, PA
    I wish I had that much water to put on my garden. We're on a well, and with the lack of rain around here, we're on major conservation. We've even resorted to going to the laundrymat [​IMG]

    We have a spring about a mile down the road that runs like mad all year round, and I go down with 37 gallon jugs twice in the evening, pretty much every night, so we're putting 74 gallons on every evening.

    We need a good week of rain here. I looked like a dust ball when I came in from mowing last week. [​IMG]

  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Now isn't the weather funny?? It rains here so often it is beginning to look like a jungle in the brushy areas. I was mowing once a week as it was growing so fast. I really haven't had to water here at all yet. We are on a spring fed well, thank goodness. We have lots of clay soil where there are no trees on the south side of the house. Over the last few years I have been turning sections of it and adding mulch in the form of straw and compost. All the clay areas are finally responding and turning into rich soil. I still have one flower bed that is mostly clay but I load it down with mulch to keep the weeds down(who seem to thrive on clay)and mulch it again in the fall very heavily. Flowers are smaller but seem to be thriving now. My rhubarb is in there and for it's second did great!
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Don't know as DH usually pumps water out of the creek for garden. But this year we haven't had to water 1 time. Got 2 3/4 inches last night. It is wet, wet , wet here. And poor garden is drowning.

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