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Watering Plants in the Garden and Landscape

Plants of all kinds need careful watering during Iowa’s drought


August 6, 2020

By Richard Jauron

AMES, Iowa -- Rainfall in portions of Iowa have been well below normal over the last three months. Plants will need to be watered in dry areas to ensure a bountiful vegetable or fruit crop or an attractive landscape. Two important aspects of watering are frequency and timing.

According to Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, most flowers, vegetables and fruits perform best when they receive 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water per week (from either rain or irrigation). A deep watering once a week should be adequate for vegetable,...

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