Plain Gardening

Gardening expert Bill Finch says the secret to his lush kale, chard, and broccoli is trickle watering. In any drought, you want to conserve water, and Bill says this method does just that while providing the right amount of water to plants in the right way. Plants don’t chug water, they sip.

A drip at a time is a very effective way to water. Plants don’t drink water through leaves, they drink through the roots, so you don’t need to spray them and lose water through evaporation.

A garden hose set on very low will work, or you can buy an inexpensive trickle hose. Water the ground thoroughly and you may not need to do it again for a week or more.

Bill says always wet the soil before planting seeds. Watering afterward can wash seeds away.

Fall is a great time for gardening if you know the methods. Learn more by calling Bill’s radio show Sunday mornings from 9-11 on 106.5FM or email

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