Our recent downpours were more than the one inch of water plants need weekly. Knowing the soil type before planting is the first step to garden success. Plan to collect rainwater to avoid all the chemicals in tap water.
Mulch garden areas with two to three inches of leaves or straw. Water deeply in the early morning to promote root depth and drought tolerance. Protect our water resources.
The best way to know if the garden needs water is by sticking a finger in to a six-inch depth. If the soil is dry, a soaker hose can deliver a downward drip. Add a two-to-three inch layer of mulch on top of compost to increase the water-holding capacity of the garden soil.
Jo Bjerke is a master gardener. She lives in Virginia, MN.