How should I water my garden?
Hello, I live in Boise, Idaho where our summers tend to get hot and dry. There are a few summer thunder storms but nothing we can count on. I've always watered by just turning on the hose and slowing filling my trenches. It could be daily for the cukes and 2-3 a week for the tomatoes. That was for a 10×20 garden that I puttered in and it worked fine â€“ always had enough tomatoes, beans, peppers and cucumbers to share with family and neighbors. This year I've gotten serious and increased that plot to 12 x 30, and added another plot that's about 15×40 and added corn, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins, basil, onions, carrots and artichokes. Plus I have separate strawberry, raspberry and blueberry patches. So, I've been researching watering options. I can't install a sprinkler system. Too expensive, plus I don't understand how you would keep your leaves dry. In my research I've come across many articles that mention, one inch of water per week. I just discovered Garden Harvest Supply and yours is the first site/blog that has given me the opportunity to learn/share/ask questions. I'm sorry this is so long. I do have 2 questions:
- What is/how do I measure one inch of water per week. I'm familiar with the tuna can method when using a sprinkler and watering your lawn, but don't think that's appropriate because of wetting the vegetable leaves and getting water into places in the garden that don't need watering and causing weeds, etc.
- I planted my melons near my sweet potatoes, then learned they are not good companions. What do I do? They are separated by marigolds and watering trenches, but is that enough? Should I maybe add some other flowers (nasturtiums) or herbs (sage, thyme, oregano)?
Thank you for any insight that you can provide. Best regards and may all your blossoms bloom. Kathy