Hoop House Farming: Wand Watering Beds

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The water wand breaks up the flow of water into a nice fine mist, allowing a large volume, without doing much damage to the plant matter and the soil. Farm and care for plants correctly and safely with tips from an experienced farmer in this free video. View Video Transcript

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Danny Botkin

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So, I'm back at it with my watering wand. In this case, I'm going to show you how to water the raised beds, in the hoophouse. These raised beds are like sponges, and once they grow dry, they resist watering. They resist absorbing water, so it's really important that we keep up with the watering, and not get into a chronic, dry situation. Of course ideally, we'd be watering in the early morning, or the late evening, to avoid transpiration loss, the loss of water through evaporation, but at this point, we can wash these beds with the same spray action that we used on the trays, and you don't realize just how dry they are, under the surface, but these beds can use a second and a third, even a fourth application, until they're fully saturated. The advantage of the raised bed, of course, is that once it's saturated, it has the ability to hold that water, longer than just a flat bearing ground, and you can see, I have a lot of ground to cover, so what I'll do, is I'll water an area, and then I'll come back, and water it a second time, so that it percolates downward. The most common error in watering, other than over watering, is under watering, just a little bit. People see the ground is moist, and they think they've done their job, whereas the roots underneath might be parched, so in this case, we really have to lay down a lot of water, to keep these little greens alive. Later on as they get bigger and develop, they'll need less water, because they mulch their own ground, and they won't be so shallow rooted, but in the early stage, we want to apply a whole lot of water, to the entire bed.