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Watering the Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens need a half-inch to one inch of water every week, either through rainfall or irrigation.

How much water you apply at each irrigation event depends on your garden. Younger plants need light but frequent waterings, while older plants need more water less often. In general, you should water when the top half-inch or inch of soil feels dry.

It's best to irrigate in the mornings and to deliver water directly to the plants' root zones. This limits the amount of water lost to evaporation and helps the leaves stay dry, which cuts down on diseases.

Soaker hoses are one easy option, or you could install a drip or microirrigation system. Finally, add mulch between the rows and you'll help stretch the time between waterings.

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