My Fedco rain gauge!
Reading the two above blogs, got me to thinking about rain or in my case the lack of rain, rain gauge’s and tiny weather monitoring stations designed for the home use.
©$200.00 to $500.00 dollar investment will get you a very nice do everything wired or wireless, weather monitoring station. Recording rain fall, temperatures, humidly, barometer pressure, wind direction and speeds. Or for about $2.00 dollars at your local farm store you can get a simple rain gauge.
Believe it or not a home gardener really does need a rain gauge or two. One mounted on a fence post away from your home and not located under or to near over hanging tree limbs. And another to use to measure the amount your sprinkler has applied to your lawn or garden plot.
A lot of things can effect you gardens need for water. Things like daily humidity levels, air and soil temperatures, the number of windy days and the speed of those winds. Other factors like is your garden mulched, how deep is this mulch and what type mulch are you using. Don’t forget that if your using a wood chip based mulch that you will need to add a balanced fertilizer 2 or 3 times during the growing season. Decaying wood chips uses up some of your nitrogen in it’s composting process.
In general, your garden will need about (1) one inch of rain or water sprinkled by you every week during your growing season. This 1 inch weekly watering includes any rain fall that you may receive during the week as well as the amount you apply.
Don’t believe your lying garden plants. If they look wilted and water stressed at 5 PM, this is normal. Check you soil by digging down 1 1/2 to 2 inches, if the soil is still moist watering is not necessary. A better indication for water stress is to check your garden plants at 7 – 8 AM. If they have not recovered during the cooler night time hours then this is a good indicator that you may need to apply water to your garden. A lot more plants have been loved to death by over watering than have ever died from lack of water.
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