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Drought Watch: Grow Vegetables Without Wasting Water

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When you think of planting vegetables you normally think of doing it outdoors. But in this drought planting them in small pots and keeping them inside can help them grow without you having to water them too much.

"Usually one time a day should be sufficient. Once the plant starts rooting and growing it usually starts to need more water," said Lowe's employee Mike Sharp.

When the vegetables are between 6 to 12 inches long they should be planted outside but first you should prep the soil. Sharp says putting mulch over it will help keep the soil hydrated longer and adding compost will help even more.

"It helps give the soil a lot of nutrients to help the plant grow better by itself other than just with water," said Sharp.

When it comes to watering the vegetables, Sharp says more and more people are using their gutter systems to save rain water and use it for their pots and garden.

"Most people have a gutter system that uses a splash block. Just pull the splash block out and maybe grab a five gallon bucket to where your water is going directly into a five gallon bucket," added the Lowe's employee.

If you choose to spray it with a handheld hose you should do it until you notice the soil is not soaking up the water anymore and always aim for the ground.

Sharp says, "Some people like to water over the vegetables themselves, over the top of the vegetables. A lot of time they recommend watering the base of the vegetables so there's not so much waste and it's actually going into the soil.

The key to knowing when your vegetables have enough water is keeping an eye on that soil.

"Until you see the ground not drinking anymore of the water. There's no sense on flooding the plant," said Sharp.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6