How to Water Vegetables With a Soaker Hose


Soaker hoses deliver water along the entire length of the hose. Typically the soaker hose or leaky pipe is buried under the soil to a depth of 2 inches to 4 inches deep. The water is soaked into the ground near the plant roots. Water is then efficiently delivered to the plants with little to no evaporation loss. The soaker hose must be positioned near the plants roots for the water to be distributed properly to the vegetables.

Step 1

Mark the garden area where the new plants will be laid into the ground. It is important to know the location of the plants as the soaker hose must be buried near the plants.

Step 2

Use the garden hoe and make a furrow in the soil that is 2 to 4 inches deep. The soaker hose will be set in the furrow.

Step 3

Lay the length of the soaker hose in the furrow. Cover the hose with garden soil. Leave enough of the female connector exposed so it can be connected to the garden hose.

Step 4

Attach the garden hose to the soaker hose. If your water pressure is too great, in some cases higher than 25 PSI (pounds per square inch), you may have to install a soaker hose pressure regulator. Pressures in excess of 25 PSI may rupture the soaker hose material and create a large leak.

Step 5

Turn the water on. Allow the soaker hose to wet the soil so a definite "wet" pattern shows in the soil. The wet pattern will show you the extent of the water distribution of the soaker hose layout.

Step 6

Plant the new vegetables within the wet pattern of the soaker hose. Follow the watering needs of your particular plants. Various vegetable plants require different watering needs. Typically most vegetable plants require a watering depth of 5 to 6 inches deep. Trial and error will give you the best indication as to how much water is delivered to the plants, as soil type and condition will play a large part of water retention.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoe
  • Soaker hose
  • Garden hose
  • Soaker hose pressure regulator (optional)


  • Colorado State University: Irrigating the Vegetable Garden
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Keywords: irrigation, vegetable water, plants

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