How to make your veg flourish with a good soaking | Alys Fowler

How to make your veg flourish with a good soaking | Alys Fowler

Consistent, deep watering is key, particularly for annual vegetables and anything grown in a pot

Do you know what makes me really happy? To wake to wet paving slabs and a blue sky. I want a night of gentle rain and a day to burn it away. But July is often one of the sunniest months, and the celestial beings seem rarely to give out such gifts.

Consistent, deep watering is key, particularly for annual vegetables and anything grown in a pot. It makes leafy things taste sweet; fattens tomatoes without them splitting or getting blossom-end rot; and stops spinach, coriander and chard from heading straight to bolting. It ensures even-skinned potatoes with no cracks, and bushes heavy with soft fruit.

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