Gardening Tips : How Often Should I Water My Flowers?

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.

Comand in this segment we're going to learn all about how to water my garden.

When is thebest time and how to water it? When I'm watering my garden I, pretty much, let my garden tellme when to water it and it depends on the weather too.

If you have pretty cloudy weatherfor a lot of days, then usually the areas in the sun, a lot of them, they're not dryingout much.

When my plants are looking really wilt like, then I know it's time to give thema little drink, they need some water.

The best time to water your garden, for me, isactually the evenings when it's really hot outside.

They take a thrashing, especially,when it's ninety degrees to a hundred degrees so if I water them in the morning, like alot of experts say you should, to avoid mold, I found that they just don't get enough timeto soak it up.

In the heat of the Summer it doesn't get that, it's so dry at night, thatthe best time is late evening so I try not to water between ten maybe and five but fromfive at night until ten in the morning, I water as much as I can.

Now, there's differentways that you can water, you can mist, a lot of times when things are in bloom and I don'twant to do a lot of damage to them, I will mist them, the flower itself.

But, you noticewhen you're misting, the bottom or the plants of the bulbs themselves, they're not gettinga lot of water so it's going to take a long time for them to get any water.

So, especially,on the bottom where they need the water the most, I really soak them.

Now I've got iton my shower but I usually even, I don't even use the sprayer I just use my finger and playwith it.

There's so much fun, I love, on a hot Summer day, to play in the garden andturn the water on and get a little bit wet.

The key is, make sure you're not just mistingyour plants, you are soaking it, you're actually standing here and soaking it.

I can alwaysthrow a sprinkler on too, you can just leave the sprinkler, not just for ten minutes, leaveit on like an hour.

When it's really hot out, they really need to soak.

I found by soakingthem, you don't need to water them half as much.

I soak once a week or twice a week,when it's really hot, and that's pretty much it.

If I mist it once a day, they still probablywouldn't get enough water but if I soak them, they're going to really soak that water upand it's going to last.

An easy trick, too, is now I've watered it and I put my fingerin there and it's pretty wet all the way through but if I were to put my finger in there andit was pretty dry, even to the bottom, then I know that I should probably water.

So, it'sreally easy, when I garden, I try not to worry about it too much.

It's one of those thingsyou can kind of catch up on so if I have a free evening and it's a hot Summer day, Imight water for two, three hours straight but then I don't need to water for anotherfour or five days.

Of, if I'm in a hurry, I might just come out here, throw the sprinkleron, get something to eat and go again but I'm still giving them some water.

So, it'sreally easy to let your plants tell you what to do.

If they're looking lush, if they'relooking good, then you know you're watering them enough.

If they look too dry, then youknow that they probably need some more water, just be careful not to over water either.

If it's just constantly a mud pit and you're never letting it dry out in between the watering,a lot of times you loose plants that way too because they can't get any oxygen down thereso the plants, pretty much, just suffocate.

So, make sure too, another trick, make sureyou actually dry it out.

So, two mistakes people make is not enough water or too muchwater.

Survival of the fittest, I think, it's better to actually let things bloom and letthem dry out, quite a bit, in between watering, you'll find you'll get a lot more blooms inthe end.

If they're wet all the time, they don't bloom half as well, as if they'd actuallyreally dry out.

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