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Although the concept of watering our gardens seems intuitive, it can be hard to tell if you’ve effectively gotten your plants watered. A good way to check to see if you have given your plants enough water to their roots is to dig a hole about four inches deep into the ground beside your plant to see if the soil that deep is still moist. We night think that the leaves at the top of the plant are looking a little dry, but spraying water on the actual leaves is not an effective way to get moisture to your plants.

The first key with watering your plants is that you don't necessarily want to water them every day. If you water your plants every day then the roots of your plants have no need to grow deep because they are getting water on the surface of the soil. The goal of any gardener is to establish deeply rooted plants, so you can see why this would be a problem! A good method to practice during this time of heightened heat is deep watering. The concept of deep watering is this: water as much as reasonable, as seldom as reasonable. When the top soil begins to dry out, the roots of your plants will grow downward looking for moisture. If you have deep watered, the soil underneath the surface will retain that moisture and it will help your plants to become more deeply rooted in your garden. One practice that we recommend is watering about three times a day for 3-4 minutes each time as opposed to one singular 10-minute watering. The goal is to train your plants, so take care!