How to Water Raised Beds

Overview

Raised bed gardens are great options for those with poor soil or bad drainage. Since the garden bed is raised, you have the say in what sort of soil is present and slow water drainage is no longer a problem. However, most raised bed gardens need to be watered more than normal gardens since the water drains so fast. A soaker hose is the prefect solution for watering raised bed gardens as it is cheap and easy to use.

Step 1

Determine how much water the plants in your raised bed garden needs. Some plants, like tomatoes, will need a lot of water, while other plants will not.

Step 2

Connect a backflow preventer to the outdoor faucet. Next, connect the soaker hose timer and then the pressure regulator. Finally, connect the garden hose. Connect the soaker hose to the end of the garden hose.

Step 3

Lay the soaker hose along the base of the plants you want to water in your raised bed garden.

Step 4

Set the timer on the soaker hose.

Step 5

Turn on the water at the outdoor faucet.

Tips and Warnings

  • Remove all kinks from the soaker hose or water may not flow through it properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Backflow preventor
  • Soaker hose
  • Garden hose

References

  • Samual Roberts Noble Foundation: Permanent Raised Bed Gardening: Water Management
  • Saving Water Partnership: Soaker Hoses: Good for Your Garden, Your Wallet, and Our Environment

Who Can Help

  • Texas A&M: Planning a Raised Bed Garden
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.