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Water as a limiting factor

September garden

Last weekend, we got 4.5 inches of rain in two days and the garden started growing like nuts. This confirmed what I'd already suspected --- despite my compost troubles, water was the primary limiting factor in this year's garden.

I've only been hand watering enough to get new transplants and Sprouting oat seedsseedlings up and running. And, honestly, I hadn't even really been doing a good job of the latter.

The stumbling block was twofold. I don't want to use too much water on the garden before we installed rain barrles. And I was actually a bit glad to use water as a limiting factor keeping garden work (aka weeding) down to a dull roar during year one.

Excuses aside, irrigation will definitely be on the agenda before next summer. Because now that we're a bit more established, I don't mind weeding if it means harvesting three times as much delicious, homegrown vegetables and fruit!



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Hi Anna and Mark,

I have been monitoring in situ soil conductivity for some time [years]. I can confirm that not all water is the same!!!!! Some rain makes it MUCH better, some MUCH worse. Most thought provoking!!!

I am not sure who is doing what, but the effect is not just water. It appears to be water with BIG differences.

Growing under plastic [hoop houses] seems to make whatever effect MUCH less on plant growth.

John

Comment by John Sat Sep 15 19:03:49 2018

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