30 thoughts on “How to Water Your Vegetable Garden Beds & Containers: Based on Temperature, 1 Inch Per Plant & More!

    Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden)

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

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    Njeri O. MyTeaLife Mom

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    They sure do change after things heat up and we learned that the hard way, BEFORE this video was created unfortunately, SMH. πŸ’”πŸ˜… #burnbabyburnnnn tfs

    lorraine durgee

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    2019 June thanks soo much for a guide on how & how much to water, especially pot plants,which I have for the first time. What a relieve…..

    Windell McSpindell

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    I disagree at 8:40, You definitely CAN harm plants by giving them too much water. You end up with root rot, lack of oxygen etc… The rest is spot on.

    A L

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    May God continue blessing you with excellent health for you to be strong to continue teaching us and plant wisdom and a giving you sharing heart to share it with us who love plants but have no clue how to care for plants.

    A L

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Just what I needed to know! Thank you thank you

    SuLebo215

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    THANK YOUUUUU GARY! This question has been the bane of my gardening. I've had so many failures probably due to inadequate watering. I have a 2,000 sq ft garden and using rain barrels. It seems as soon as July rolls in (zone 8 no rain), I run out of water so this helps me calculate how much to expand my water storage – not to mention how to ration it among the plants so I don't run out before the end of the row. Some day I'll install a drip system but right now it's just me and the hose! Luv Ya!

    barbisrule

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Thanks for the awesome advice!

    DrewReviews

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Algae has constantly been growing in my pots. I am using brand new potting soil so what can be this issue? I am in Los Angeles California

    The Millennial Gardener

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Good video, Gary. I'm not a big fan of watering with a hose because it splashes the bacteria and fungi in the soil all over the undersides of the leaves, which has a compounding effect since we have to cut back from all the spraying in the heat of the summer. I use a 5 gallon bucket like you do – the water marks are ingenious. It's been in the 90's almost every day here since the end of May, so I've been watering almost daily. I like to run a hose on low in the bottom of my containers for 5-10 seconds since it doesn't splash, and every weekend I mix fish emulsion, epsom salts and a little soluble granules in a 5 gallon bucket. I can usually water 5 tomatoes per 5 gallon bucket, or 8-10 of my dwarf tomatoes. Keep up the good work.

    Small Garden Big Dreams

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Hey πŸ‘‹ if it’s 1inch per square foot/plant would it still be 1 inch if say I’m using mels method, which would be 9 beets/square foot or does it only apply to tomatoes πŸ…β€οΈ

    Annette Heat

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Thank you for this vid very helpful indeed.

    Cameron McDaniel

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    A watering journal! That is genius

    Cameron McDaniel

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Dang. Ask this guy questions and you shall receive!

    RonM SharonM

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    another great video Gary! We seem to have a relatively hi chlorine content in our city water. Is that a problem hose watering?

    Mark F

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Thank you for ur help. I watch all ur video's, they are very helpful. This is the first year I started with seeds indoors by watching what you did I did, with a few tweeks hehe. Now I have so many Cucumbers, I have to give them away.

    Paula Rice

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    I use a water meter and don't water until the meter shows only slight moisture. Is this sufficient to keep tomatoes in good condition in 90 + weather?

    Brian Schmid

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    So your inch markings (inside the 5 gal bucket) are just measured from the bottom of the bucket, up? And 2 inches equates to 1 inch per sq ft, correct?

    T

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Thank you very much for this video. I was not sure how much to water, and at times I may have over watered. Your channel is really educational. Keep it going.

    Wesley Kelly

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    I water my container plants every other day and fertilize them every 7 days with a low water soluble fertilizer. I also add a granulated fertilizer every other feeding. I am also using worm castings

    Ken McClellan

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Garden is looking fantastic!

    Bill Moore

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Great video. I have never seen this topic spelled out so concise. Question, what type coffee filter do you use when saving your tomato seeds? Mine stick like glue to the filter.

    Alicia W

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Thank you very much, this video came just in time as I was going to spray neem on Friday and Saturday is supposed to be 114 degrees. Does the same rule apply to plants grown in fabric grow bags? I feel like they retain no water at all.

    rednailsguitar

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    I am hoping someone can validate my math for calculating watering with a drip irrigation system. I googled how much water equates to 1 square foot 1 inch deep and found One inch of rainfall equals 4.7 gallons of water per square yard. Converting this to square foot (4.7 / 9) is 0.522 gallons/sq ft one inch deep. I have a single 4 gph emitter watering each plant (tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers). My beds are 3.5 ft x 7 ft x 12 inch deep. There are 8 plants in each bed (i.e. 8 emitters). The temps have been between 90 and 100 degrees here in Austin since May. Using your guide for 90 degree weather, I should be watering 1 inch of water per plant 3 to 4 times / week. With 4 gph emitters, that would mean running the irrigation system for 7.5 minutes 3 to 4 times/week. I have been watering 20 minutes/day 7 days/week! The only issue I have come across is with the beefsteak tomatoes cracking. The Romas, and Celebrity tomatoes have been perfect as have been the Super Sweet 100's and the cucumbers and peppers. I have about an inch of hardwood mulch, but will be adding another inch or two to help reduce evaporation. Using the calculation of watering each of the 8 plants as 1 sq ft/1inch only provides 4.16 gallons of water to the entire bed. If I use the calculation of watering the entire bed (24.5 sq ft) with the 8 4 gph emitters the amount of water to provide an inch of water would be 12.78 gallons(.522 gallons/sq ft * 24.5 sq ft) running the system for 24 minutes. If the idea is to water the entire bed to provide water to the surface roots between the plants, I am assuming the 12.78 gallons of water per inch would be my target amount. Question is, how many times per week based upon steady 90 to 100 degree weather and very little rain? Whew, sorry for the long word math problem!!!!

    Gardiner's Plot

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    awesome advice! ill take this on board when i water my plants πŸ™‚

    Rob Cruz

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Gary, do you ever adjust the amount of watering based on the weather forecast? If it's time to do a deep watering and the next day calls for rain, do you stick with the plan or perhaps hold off and see what mother nature brings? Drainage is on the slower side here and I tend to rely too much on the forecast to prevent over watering.

    Roy L Hunt

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Great Video, I live in NE Arkansas, temps in the 90's with very little rain. Thanks for sharing.

    Chris

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    For watering only–not when trying to wash off bugs-i love my dramm thumb valve 40cm wand with 1000 hole head. It delivers a lot of water extremely gently, even for small seedlings in pots.
    That size wand lets me reach into plants in pots and garden beds, without being a nuisance to move around.

    Debbie Ventimiglia

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    When fertilizeing tomatoes and peppers while they have fruit in them, will the fish emulsion make tomatoes taste fishy?

    Khawlah Taher

    (November 10, 2019 - 8:20 pm)

    Amazing thank you so mach πŸ‘πŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸŒΉπŸ‘

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