2. How much is too much water?
Although the rule of thumb is to water plants twice a day on hot and dry days, some plants can need moisture more frequently.
Myth: It's best to water little and often. False. An infrequent deep drenching is more thirst-quenching to your plants than a regular light sprinkling. Make sure you concentrate the water right at the root zone, to ensure it hits the right spot.
- If the top 2 inches of soil feels dry, it needs more water.
- Have in mind an 'indicator' plant in your garden, one which visibly displays dehydration such as dropping or curling. If that plant looks dry then the chances are so is the rest of your garden and it's therefore a good indication that now is the time to water them.
- Even drought-tolerant plants like cacti still need regular watering in their first year.