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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden wisdom or something else?

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007, at 7:12 PM
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  • Sick of watering myself but Im still doing it. I don't water any bulb plants that have been around for more than a year or so. From what I understand they establish a better rooting system if they have to basically serch in the ground for moisture. Everything seems to look like crap this year no matter what it is. Sure hope next years better!

    -- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Aug 20, 2007, at 12:14 PM
  • There are several theories on time of day. My father never wanted us to water in mid-day saying that it would somehow burn the leaves. OR at least that is how a young kid remembers it.

    Most say to water in the morning or with enough time for all the leaves to dry off before nightfall. Wet leaves tend to promote mold, mildews and disease.

    In wet humid weather, I see where that makes sense. In the heat and dry weather we are experiencing now, I am not sure that it matters too much. The leaves seem to dry off quickly either way.

    Watering late in the day would reduce the amount of evaporation and give the water more time to soak in. It is also more comfortable, unless you are a mosquito magnet.

    My wife goes out after 5:00 PM and bingo, she gets bitten. Probably does not help to have body lotion, etc. on but.......

    Anyway, water with enough time for the leaves to dry.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 6:30 PM
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