2019 New Watering Guidelines
This is to update you on the procedures for using the newly installed irrigation system, which includes:
- Several above-ground faucets attached to an underground plumbing network
- Hoses with wands
- Watering cans that are kept in the tool shed
We have eliminated the two blue water drums.
You’ll need a faucet handle to turn the water on and off. At least one handle is available inside the tool shed (on the shelf). You may also purchase one from Rona, Home Depot, Coop, etc.; ask Ann for the correct size number.
- Gather the hoses/wands and keep them near the bases of their respective faucets to avoid accidents.
- Clean and return the faucet handle and watering cans to the tool shed.
- Lock the tool shed. Avoid vandalism and theft that can cost the VCGC money and inconvenience.
- Offer to water your neighbours’ plots if they’re away for a few days.
- Help water the common areas (pumpkin patches, herb gardens, potato & free garden) and hanging planters.
Wise watering tips
Healthy soil should have air spaces. The plants’ roots and the microorganisms in the soil need air to thrive. Avoid compacting it by not walking on it. If the soil is: clayey add sand, vermiculite, and compost to increase porosity. Too much sand may make it too porous and will require frequent watering.
Have good soil drainage and avoid making it too wet. The soil may still be moist even if the surface looks dry. Feel the moisture with your finger.
Top watering encourages the roots to remain near the surface of the soil. Deep watering or, better yet, allowing water to wick up from the bottom encourages deep root growth, thus, strengthening your plants.
Water evaporates from exposed soil. Putting a top layer of mulch (e.g., straw, landscape fabric) or planting nitrogen-fixing cover crops (e.g., legumes) between your larger plants can help retain moisture as well as provide nitrogen to your plants.