When should a garden be watered?
June 22, 2008 8:02 AM Subscribe
What time of day should the garden be watered?
I live in the Southeast, grew up in the Northeast and have had or been around gardens most of my life. I've always been taught to water the garden at dusk or overnight, the reasoning being that it allows the plants to fully digest as much of the water as possible.
However, since moving to the Southeast I've seen experienced gardeners water their plot during the day or shortly after dawn. Their reasoning is that it's hottest during the day, so you water the plants when they need it most. They don't really give much thought to the idea that the water will evaporate more quickly during the day and tend to regard my idea of watering as foolishness.
Is there an optimal time to do general watering of a garden? Does it depend on the region?