Spring is nearly here, and we’re officially on the verge of planting. Before getting into gardening, it’s important to have a plan for each individual planting and get them ready for the Earth. It’s important to prepare a plan so your spring landscape is aesthetically pleasing, which is also the height of gardening success. For many, the most important thing to know for spring gardening is what to plant, and for others it is even more important that you plan how you are going to water those plants when they get started.
Those plants that get started immediately will need water as soon as the light’s good to you in the springtime. Those who want to water the plant over the summer and into the fall, and have a little fun waiting for the appropriate time to get a tap water for the plants, is what we talk about in this article. Those who already have a plan for how they’re going to water their plants when they are done in the spring can check out our publication for even more options. Most are pretty self-watering, which means that after a single watering when they are ready to go they can go without more.
There are a few exceptions. Sprouts can be self-watering, but they need to be well watered during the first couple of weeks and then they are ready to go. After the first couple of weeks or so, you just have to pick up and move it to a different location on the outdoors until you can set up your watering system and turn on the water. That is important because you want it to look its best when it starts to bloom in the fall. You want the whole plant to be alive and well, and if you let the branches dry out over the summer then you may not have the desired effect.
Sprouts cannot go into the ground and be self-watering if it is too cold during the winter months or if the water hoses aren’t functional properly. Of course, the simplest thing is to just keep those flowers on the windowsill, which can and usually will self-water since they’re very much like any other flowers. Again, if the plants are really thirsty, you can just pick them up and move them into a different spot during the summer. If you’re worried about overwatering, you could even give them their own recharge when they are old enough.
Since the plants that go in the ground this spring can go into the ground, where there’s a hydroponic setup, that sort of has to be self-watering in the extreme. These plants are treated a little differently than how you would water any other type of garden plant. There is an advantage to this, of course, because they don’t have to be cleaned out on the regular or deal with any weeds. That is a definite advantage to them over other garden plants.
Depending on the technology you use, you can automate your hydroponic setup so you don’t have to think about this. The benefits of self-watering are the same for every type of plant. The fall is the best time for it, so you can only set it up for a couple of days before it starts to dry out. By then, you can move the plant to another location and let it go. The most important thing for them is that they have enough water in their root system to continue watering themselves.
For those of you who are thinking about getting a set of potting soil or gardening tools with this growing technology, it can take a few weeks to go from nothing to a semi-complete system. This can be a little bit complicated for the novice, so we recommend that if you’re worried about having to do it yourself, either watch videos on the internet or figure it out yourself. This will definitely take some time to learn, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help you help your plants.