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When To Water

This watering guide assumes summer vegetables and good, moderately-rich soil.  Water less often in cool spring or fall months. Water more often in hotter, dryer periods.

 Needs a lot of water during dry spells. Needs water at critical stages of development. Does not need frequent watering.
VegetableCritical time(s) to water for a 5-foot rowNumber of gallons of water needed
BeansWhen flowers form and during pod development2 per week depending on rainfall
BeetsBefore soil gets bone-dry1 at early stage; 2 every 2 weeks
BroccoliDon’t let dry 4 weeks after transplanting. Head development. 1 to 1 ½ per week
Brussels sproutsDon’t let soil dry out for 4 weeks after transplanting.1 to 1 ½ per week
CabbageHead development. Water frequently in dry weather. 2 per week
CarrotsEarly root enlargement. Before soil gets bone-dry1 at early stage; 2 every 2 weeks as roots mature
CauliflowerHead development. Water frequently for best crop.2 per week
CeleryWater frequently for best crop.2 per week
CornWhen tassels form and when cobs swell2 at important stages (left)
CucumbersFlowering and fruit development. Water frequently.1 per week
Lettuce/Spinach    Water frequently for best crop.2 per week
OnionsIn dry weather, water in early stage to get plants going.½ to 1 per week if soil is very dry
ParsnipsBefore soil gets bone-dry1 per week in early stages
PeasWhen flowers form and during pod-forming and picking2 per week
  PeppersSteady supply from flowering through harvest2 per week
PotatoesTuber set and enlargement when the size of marbles2 per week
 RadishesPlentiful, consistent moisture for root enlargement2 per week
SquashWater frequently for best crop.1 per week
TomatoesFor 3 to 4 weeks after transplanting and when flowers and fruit form1 gallon twice a week or more

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