All community garden members can benefit by keeping our irrigation system in good working condition. Let’s observe these suggested watering guidelines:
- Help water the common areas (pumpkin patches, herb gardens, potato & free garden) and orange plastic planters.
- Top off the blue rain barrels when their water levels are low.
- Turn off the main water faucet outside on the Zamboni garage if you’re the last to use the water.
- Clean and return the faucet handle, hoses, wands, and watering cans to the tool shed. Hang the hoses.
- 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.
Please let any member of the executive know if a part of our irrigation systems is damaged, malfunctioning, or missing.
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.