There’s a leak creating a flood; the hose has popped rendering water unavailable; the hose nozzle is broken; a spray emits from the sprayer going in the wrong direction, creating a very wet gardener; there’s water leaking across the deck under the planters creating a slippery spot, which is NOT good in a retirement community where some folks are challenged with walking; we need more folks to water pots and planters that are not individually cared for by an assigned gardener; there is the usual vacationer who either forgets, or neglects to get their garden cared for in their absence. The list goes on and on. All the gardeners know JUST what I’m talking about.
So, we can’t do without it, and yet sometimes we just get too much…or we get it in the wrong place. WATER We can’t live without it, and sometimes we can’t live with it. Our plants? Well, they need it, but administered correctly!
Why do they need it? If they don’t have it, the little rootlets will dry up, no sustenance will get to the leaves, stems and trunk, and then? A dead plant.
Here is a wonderful site that explains all the why’s and hows of water and your plants. It comes from the University of Arizona Extension Service.
It tells about mulch. It tells about over, and under watering, and the effects those will have on your plants. It explains WHERE to water, and how much. It’s worth a visit.
WATER is SO CRITICAL to every growing thing. Without it, our gardens would be very sad places. There certainly are plants that don’t require very much hydration. Those are the ones we should try to get into our gardens. Water is something we seem to be squandering. It is important that our families have enough drinking water…but it is also important that we have food. Every thing we consume is loaded with water. So, almost everything in and on our planet needs it. It behooves us to use it sparingly, yet in such a way that it supports life-ours AND that of our plants.
I address water in my book as well. It appears in the calendar section as well as in numerous stories. It’s a very important aspect of gardening. The book also addresses snow and ice and it’s affects on your garden. Of course, in Seattle, we are not troubled too much with ice and snow, but it’s all part of the big picture.