- The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger. Poke it into the soil to test.
- If the soil is damp just under the surface, dont water. If its dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to add water.
- Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine headed watering can so you dont over water them.
- Its far better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.
- Always water your plants in the cool of the evening or very early in the morning, rather than during the day, when most of the water would evaporate before getting to the plant roots.
- Apply water to the base of plants where it can soak down to the roots. In hot weather, give each plant a good soak at two or three day intervals, rather than a quick sprinkle every day.
- Help channel water to the roots of thirsty plants by burying a flowerpot alongside it. This can be filled with water where it will soak down into the soil.
- Store as much rainfall as you can in water butts collected from the roof of your house, garage, shed and greenhouse. This will be warmer and thus cause less of a shock to plant roots than mains water.
- Water-retaining granules can be added to the compost when planting bedding in pots, hanging baskets and other containers. The roots of the plants grow around the saturated granules to draw moisture as they need it.