• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 24: water the plants

It is crucial to keep up with the watering during dry spells like this. I normally prioritise the veg patch, seedlings, container plants and anything that has been newly planted.


Take care not to over water seeds and seedlings, peat-free compost can be particularly deceptive, as it can look dry on the surface, but be quite moist further down. It is better to give a plant a good dousing rather than little and often, that way the roots grow down anchor the plant and it is less likely to suffer from drought than shallow rooted plants. Plants also prefer rainwater to tap water, and watering in the evening is also better, reducing loss through evaporation.

If you can it is good to water street trees that have been planted within the last year. This whitebeam (Sorbus aria 'Lutescens') was planted this year and has definitely benefitted from regular watering.

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