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How much water should I add, and how often?

How much?

A good starting point is to add around 10% of the soil volume.

For example, if you have a 10-gallon container you would add around 1 gallon of water.

(10gallon x 10% = 1gallon)

How often?

How often you add water depends on many variables such as plant size, container size, temperature, humidity, and your lights. How often you water will vary from garden to garden. Smaller plants that are in big containers may only need water once a week, where as big plants in smaller containers may need watered every day. When using Soil Charge Packs, you have created a living soil. The soil is full of life. With that in mind if you were a living microbe in the soil, think about the kind of environment you yourself would want to live in. When we think in this way; we quickly realize that you wouldn’t want to live in a swamp full of water/drowning, but you also wouldn’t want to live in a desert without water and expect to survive for long. The same idea goes for the life in the living soil. The idea is to keep the soil moist all the time with no runoff water, not wet, not dry - but moist.

Watering Tips:

  • Most growers usually water every day or every other day, of course depending on plant size, container size, temperature, humidity, and lights etc.

  • Before and after watering simply lift or tilt each container to get an idea of how heavy it is. This will help you as a reference later if you think you over or under watered.

  • Overwatering issues accrue because of the watering frequency, not the amount of water used.

  • Do not let your living soil dry out. Soil dry out is a common practice when using synthetic nutrients - but not here. If we let living soil dry out then a lot of the soil life will either go dormant or even die off completely. If this happens add a compost tea asap – click here for compost tea recipe.

  • Water within a few hours of when the lights turn on, or in the morning if outdoors. It’s best not to water right before lights out so your plants are not sitting in the dark with wet roots (wet feet).

We hope this has helped, and as always please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have along your gardening journeys.


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