Watering properly will ensure that your garden becomes well established and thrives for years to come. New plantings require extra water until the plants grow their network of roots and can draw water from deeper in the ground. Here are some instructions for watering your new Cordt Garden. It’s important to remember that every garden has it’s own idiosyncrasies and that instructions that follow are general guidelines.

1. Soil moisture level

     Check the soil by sticking your finger a couple inches into the ground. This enables you to
     establish an understanding of how often you need to water . By checking it everyday for a
     couple weeks, it’s easier to understand how quickly water evaporates form your garden.

2. Temperature based schedule

     80 degrees and above- 3 to 4 times a week
     70-80 degrees- 2 to 3 times a week
     55-70 degrees- 1 or 2 times a week

3. Duration of watering

     You’ll want to make sure the garden is thoroughly soaked. Check the soil after watering
     (Step 1). The soil should feel saturated down a couple inches. Usually, 30 minutes should
     suffice. Adjust duration accordingly.

4. Rainfall

     Remember that not every rain is a soaking rain. Check the weather report to see how much
     rain we’ve received or simply use step 1 as a guide to whether or not the rain was enough
     to thoroughly water your garden.