How Much Should You Water Your Home Herb Garden

06/14/2014

How Much Should You Water Your Home Herb Garden

 

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When caring for an herb garden, determining how much water your garden needs is something you need to take seriously. Different herbs have varying preferences when it comes to how much or how little water they need. It pays to research on the type of herb that you plan to cultivate.

If you plan to plant several kinds of herbs, you may want to group them based on their water requirements. This will make it easier for you to care for them and make sure they each receive the appropriate amount of water they need to thrive.

When watering your plants, there are some things you need to keep in mind:

1. The best time to water your plants is during the morning.

This will allow the water on the leaves and the stem of the herb to dry out completely, making sure that molds do not grow on your herbs. This is also the best time for plants to absorb the water from the soil.

2. Seedlings will require more water than full grown plants.

Herb seedlings will usually require a little water everyday. Once they’ve matured, you can move them to a twice or thrice a week watering schedule. Be sure to watch out for signs of dehydration or over watering and adjust accordingly.

3. You need soil that drains well to prevent the roots from becoming too moist.

Too much moisture in the roots all the time will cause your roots to rot and your herbs to dry. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if your soil drains well until after you’ve tried planting on it. If your soil doesn’t naturally drain well, one way to address this is by applying compost to your soil. Compost can help regulate the moisture content of the soil. It keeps it from staying too moist, and at the same time makes sure that your herbs’ roots have a moisture reserve to tap into in case your soil is too dry.

4. Watering your plants one day and letting them go for several days without water can help strengthen their roots.

Once your plants are well established, you don’t need to water them as often as when they were seedlings. Like mentioned earlier, you can apply a 2x to 3x a week watering schedule. Some gardeners even apply a 1x a week watering schedule. This will help your roots become stronger because they’ll be forced to work harder to seek water. Stronger roots mean hardier plants. Be sure to check your herbs for signs of dehydration though, as some herbs really do require to be watered more frequently than others.

5. Whenever possible, water only the base of your herbs and avoid getting your leaves wet.

Make sure that the roots and the soil around the roots are soaked. Watering your plants this way is beneficial in many ways. First, it delivers the water directly where the plants need them – at the roots. Next, it helps you avoid molds growing on the leaves because you are keeping them dry.

Another benefit is that watering your plants this way will force you to observe the closely, to check if the herb is healthy and free from pests and illnesses. Lastly, this method of watering your plants will help you conserve water. You’ll use up less water when you water the base of the plant directly, rather than watering from the top and letting the water trickle down and soak the soil.

For more tips on how to water your soil, check out Jeannie Woods’ book called “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs And Herb Gardening”. This book talks about the things you need to know to be able to start and cultivate a flourishing organic herb garden. Whether you intend to care for a large garden or a small container garden in your apartment, this book is sure to give you tips and guidelines that you will find really useful and practical. It’s a must for every aspiring herb gardener.

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