"Don't be discouraged," that is the advice Indy Urban Acres is giving people who have gardens in their backyard.
Steve Priller has a garden and said his is doing okay, even though it has not rained where he lives for some time.
Priller said three or four weeks ago he decided to start watering his garden twice a day for 30 minutes each time to make up for the lack of rain.
“(I) pray for rain. (I) pray for more rain. I should put it that way,” Priller said.
Indy Urban Acres Farm Manger Tyler Gough said normally watering once a week where you are saturating about a foot into the ground is fine for the plants. He said we are not under normal conditions, though.
“What we’re doing by watering that deep area, trying to get it deep doesn’t make that much of a difference. We’re just basically keeping things alive, right now,” Gough said. “Putting water on your garden isn’t the same as rain, you know. You can water all day and it’s not the same as good rainfall."
Gough said people should water their plants at night under these conditions and should consider adding mulch.
“We mulch all of our plants because what we are trying to do is keep that water in there as much as possible so the mulch on top keeps that water from evaporating,” he said.
The warmer it gets, the more water people will need for their plants. How much water you use, he said, depends on a couple of factors, including the plant and the soil used. He thinks onions and potatoes should be okay but people should watch their peppers and tomatoes. He said plenty of water at night and mulch should make a difference.