Tips to water your plants

1. Always water the stem

When I was a kid I always loved to spray water on every part of the plant! I mean it’s so fun to see all the water drops falling from the leaves, and I also loved the noise! And even sometimes it could create a rainbow! That’s very nice indeed, but let me tell you that this watering style is clearly not efficient and can even be harmful. So take your beautiful green basics watering can & water your plants at the stem, you will avoid wasting water, ensuring the water is actually going into your pots or grow tables. Also, many varieties can develop serious diseases such as mildew for tomatoes or powdery mildew for courgettes when watering their leaves. So believe me, always water the stem, it will make the plants happy!

2. Use rainwater

Rainwater is indeed the most organic water resource kindly offered by nature. It’s free, it can be abundant in certain areas and it’s also slightly acidic. And the main point is that most plant varieties prefer a slightly acidic PH in the soil to grow healthily. Rainwater is your best ally and you can indeed harvest rainwater thanks to the elho green basics rain barrel. It has a large capacity of 200L and by connecting it to a drainpipe, it becomes an easy & sustainable way to catch & use rainwater for watering your plants without limescale. Moreover the product is made of recycled plastic & is produced thanks to elho’s own wind energy. Clearly a great & eco-friendly way to reuse this key resource for your plants. Water is the Blue Gold!

3. Water in the morning or evening

One sure thing, it’s better to water early in the morning or late in the evening, but never during the day. During the day, temperatures are higher so the water will evaporate faster, that’s a waste of this precious resource. And even if you water at the stem, there would still be some little drops going on the leaves of the plant. If the sun is strong, these little drops might create a magnifying lens effect on the leaves which could burn the plant. So preferably in the morning while having a nice coffee or tea or in the evening sipping a glass of wine (avoid the reverse right?). Enjoy this watering time, it can really be your meditation moment in the garden and a great time to closely observe your plants.

4. Feel the soil before watering

When to water your plants highly depends on the variety you are growing, they all have different watering needs. And as for everything in nature, watering also comes back to a need of a balance: too much water can harm the plants. On the other hand, not enough water is highly problematic. If your plants are lacking water, you will be able to notice some easy signs. The foliage will tend to look down, the leaves will retract on themselves and their texture will be softer. In this case, watering is definitely needed. A simple thing to do, put your finger into the soil. If you feel that it’s not only dry at the surface but also dry deep into the soil, it would be good to water. One important thing, if the soil is dry, never add water with fertilizer first, always a bit of water alone and then water with fertilizers if needed.

Who is The Frenchie Gardener?

Patrick, better known as The Frenchie Gardener, started a few years ago with growing his own food on his small balcony in Amsterdam. In the meantime, he moved to Berlin where not only his balcony became a bit bigger but where especially his passion for urban gardening grew a lot. Patrick inspires gardening lovers on daily bases on his Instagram page, where he shares beautiful pictures of his own harvest and very helpful tips. He just published his first e-book easy guide to start growing your food, where he explains how and where to start gardening on a balcony in a very simple and accessible way.