When is the BEST Time to Water the Garden and Why?

When is the BEST Time to Water the Garden and Why?

Watering your garden is something that you will probably have to do at some point. Here in Michigan it has been very dry and very hot meaning we have had to water a bit more than usual. When it the best time of day to water your plants, and why? That is what we will be discussing in todayโ€™s episode.


  1. Ross Crabtree on October 4, 2021 at 7:58 am

    My problem when I started, I wanted to water too much. My zucchini loved it, but peppers hated it. Weโ€™ve been getting rain twice a week the last two months so I havenโ€™t had to water in well over a couple months.

  2. johnny electric on October 4, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Mulch !! i mulch with straw and wood chips the wood chips seem to work the best for me ! i can soak the soil without the mud splashing , and my soil stays moist far longer and my soil temps are far more consistent through the day and night

  3. Veiss seven on October 4, 2021 at 7:59 am

    If it’s really windy all day everyday, does timing matter?
    I’ve been watering heat of the day with no problems this year. Although it hasn’t been much over 80 either.
    I live in a very windy area on Lake Huron. It’s windy basically every day.

  4. S DDD on October 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

    What if your plants are wilting? I typically water in the morning but I just watered my watermelon because it was droopy

  5. 30Flambeau on October 4, 2021 at 8:01 am

    alot of rain occurs between 4pm and 7pm, what’s wrong with watering then?

  6. Darrin Seelye on October 4, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Great info you are putting out. I think you were spot on with everything, watering in the morning solves many issue. You should touch on feeding I’m very specific. I only feed at night old legends. Also I’m only growing in pots, so I could see how feeding at night could be completely different for a garden.

  7. RoyL Payne on October 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Another bit of information to help avoid killing your plants with hot waterโ€”beware of hot water sitting in your garden hose when first spraying water.

  8. Jack Busby on October 4, 2021 at 8:05 am

    My brother had always been watering at night. He has been gardening much longer than I have and is usually more successful than I am. One evening I was at his house and he asked me to come talk to him while he watered. I had seen a similar video to this and told him about it. He grinned politely because he has always been better at practical things than I and always had more "common sense" than I have. But I could tell he couldn’t dismiss our watering conversation.
    Later he called me and told me he had checked into when to water and that I was right. He waters in the mornings now.

  9. rezyness on October 4, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Ideally morning is probably best but I don’t always have time due to work

  10. ron keller on October 4, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Bullshit it rains in the middle of the day

  11. 354sd on October 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

    What happens if it rains and then the sun comes out?

  12. rym Lex on October 4, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Thank you Luke so I should water my garden one time every 24 hours and that time is in the morning is it right or how many time ?

  13. BrilliantLove2 on October 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

    I just watered my garden and tomatoes at 9:30 pm, ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ wish I would have seen this soonerโ€ฆoh well, now I know, thank you!!!

  14. Z L on October 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

    I wonder how plants manage to survive rain with all these no watering mandates. I guess just don’t plant in any area with rain !

  15. R. Brown on October 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Yes! Good reminder, Good point. ๐Ÿค”

  16. Adrian Drake on October 4, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Best gardening channel EVER!

  17. Complete 180k9 Training on October 4, 2021 at 8:16 am

    What are all of those white moths flying around??

  18. Robert Keyboards on October 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    The main reason not to water during the blazing sun of summer is you will waste water because it will evaporate quickly. Also let me mess your mind up! Why can’t you water at night, or at least late in the day? Here it is IT RAINS AT NIGHT! It RAIN never stops to think about all the reasons you have listed. Fascinating isn’t it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Avgrim77 on October 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    What if it rains on your garden at night? How do I prevent that????

  20. Lillie Le on October 4, 2021 at 8:19 am

    What happens if it rains? Is that the same as watering at night? We’ve been getting rain during the night a lot here in Wisconsin.

  21. Ghabi Kaspo on October 4, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Hello, I am still having a problem with an apple tree; the leaves are rolling, and I can’t find any disease on the leaves.

  22. Lolly Schwartz on October 4, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Excellent. Makes sense. Thank you

  23. Rick Brown on October 4, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I always thought it was transpiration.

  24. Just Truth on October 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Well said but the creator (God) sends rain when he wills it and sometimes that is at various times of day so are we to think He has it wrong? Just asking.

  25. nazfan01 on October 4, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Concerning slugs / snails, Here is a trick that I use that has been working well:
    My garden consists of raised beds. First and foremost I have mulch throughout my garden area. My raised beds have mulch as well. The main purpose of doing this is that slug / snails hate rogh or sharp objects. However, even though I have mulch in my garden, I still crush eggshells to almost a fine powder but not too fine ( you want some sharp edges for those slugs/snails they hate so much) . I spread them around the lants that slugs / snails like, especially around pepper plants.

    I also have a trick to ward off moths, cucumber bettles, etc etc from all my plants. I use cayenne pappers extract and mix with water, usually
    4 to 8 Oz per one gallon of water and spray my plants. I pay close attention to the bottom sides of the leaves where insects like to hide and spray those areas well. I know someone will ask "Does it urt the platns?" – No it will not harm your plants spraying them with "hot sauce for insects" I have been doing this for quite a few years.

    It is easy to make your own Cayenne pepper mix:
    Use around 6 peppers, throw them in a blender and fill blender up with water.
    Chop the peppers as fine as you can.
    Get a large jar / container (depending how much water your blender holds) and place a filter over the top of the jar / container. A good filter to use would be a coffee filter for example. The filter will keep back any fine particles that you will not want in your sprayer.
    When ready to use, mix anywhere from 4 Oz to 8 Oz of the cayenne pepper per one gallon of water. Shake your sprayer well and spray.

    NOTE: You can start out with a 4 Oz mix of the pepper to see if it will work and is strong enough. If an insect even tries to take a nibble, they leave it alone. Simply keep an eye on your plants and if you begin to see insects again, spray again. For me, it depends on rain amounts but I am usually good for one to two weeks before needing to spray again.

    My garden is fenced off due to rabbits and deers. However, there is another benefits to the cayenne pepper sprays. I spary the outside of my fence area and it wards of raccoons, skunks, rabbits and deers. They hate the smell of hot peppers

  26. The Cycling Couple on October 4, 2021 at 8:25 am

    This is a great and very helpful video. Learned something today and thank you. I usually and always water in the evening cuz thats the only time I have but after watching this video, I will try to start watering my plants in the morning. I have lots of slugs and snails so i hope this will help. Thanks Bro for sharing your knowledge. ๐Ÿ‘

  27. Bobby Starkman on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I water at night. Never had a problem. My nights are warm.

  28. Eilla Bartels on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    We had quite a bit of rain recently her in Zone 6 Pickering (Claremont). None since Friday though and its now Monday. Its supposed to rain all night tonight. should I water a bit this morning? PS Have you done a video on cucumber beetles? Ive been battling them in my garden and fruit isn’t setting as a result. Im hoping they don’t cause bacterial wilt before my plants even produce ๐Ÿ™

  29. Erik Anthes on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Keep your plants’ roots cool.

  30. Karaca86 on October 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Ha! You just found the culprit to the light gray spots showing up on my zucchini plant! It’s me!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿคฃ

  31. huckn barry on October 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I got my tomatoes and peppers at 10am and Leattuce carrots etc at 10:15am and 3:30pm so they’ll dry, not sure if that’s ideal but seems fine so far

  32. Jeff Van Buskirk on October 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    So why doesn’t it burn my plants if we get rain in the afternoon in the summer? Water is water.

  33. MIgardener on October 4, 2021 at 8:34 am

    For those who don’t think water can burn leaves – Read this: Egri, A.; Horvath, A.; Kriska, G.; Horvath, G. Optics of sunlit water drops on leaves: conditions under which sunburn is possible. New Phytologist, 2010;

  34. An Umicorn on October 4, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I’m really glad you included wet leaf burn from the sun. I remember getting yelled at for not cutting off the lawn sprinkler on the Japanese Maples when the sun began to hit them! The leaves looked so sad & scorched until I learned better ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. BrickTop06 on October 4, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I’ve got my watering down despite my approach changing several times in 30+ years of gardening. But sometimes the judgement calls baffle me, particularly when it comes to rain in the forecast. For example, we’re in a heatwave (Mass) and I know I need to water this morning BUT it’s supposed to rain this afternoon. I mulch my garden and have soaker hoses so my plants are consistently moist. But sometimes before or after rainfall I’m not sure if I should water or not as I’m very cautious about over watering. Thanks Luke, great channel!

  36. 44MzMaMa The FAT Girl Chronicles on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Great video

  37. kermitefrog64 on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Rain! What rain? We live in the South end of the San Joaquin Valley but your information is good to know. We have had repeated days of over 100 F and no rain to speak of since late April.

  38. Richard Dick on October 4, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Been doing it all wrong.. explains the plants. Thank You!

  39. Christian Erickson on October 4, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Luke: Provides scientifically-backed gardening advice.
    Youtube commenters: Feebly attempt to disprove Luke using case study analysis; i.e one of the lowest forms of evidence. Too prone to survivorship bias, very bad logic.

  40. Pete Moss on October 4, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Ok so what happens when it happens to rain during the heat of the day –

  41. helloboy60 6 on October 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Great, so much differing opinion im more confused after watching. ๐Ÿคช

  42. Katherine Elloitt on October 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I always wait until the sun goes down but I only water every other day because they can get water log and die

  43. Ted on October 4, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Live and learn. Just watched this at 10pm, just after watering the garden.

  44. Sonder on October 4, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Florida man… been raining non stop for 2 weeks and now tropical storm coming tomorrow morning…. youtube be like when is the BEST time to water the garden?

  45. Andy Sharpa on October 4, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Thanks ๐Ÿ‘

  46. Meredith Heath on October 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I don’t place water on my plants, but water around the base

  47. Mushtaq Ahmad on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Masha Allah very nice video and very interested God bless you

  48. The Garden Family on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for all the informative videos. One thing you may want to correct is your comment about stomata. In most plants stomata are open during the DAY while photosynthesis is occurring and closed at NIGHT. There are exceptions to this in plants that are evolved in arid conditions (google CAM photosynthesis) but pretty much all the veggie plants we grow have stomata open during the day and closed at night.

  49. Jeff Robertson on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    What about for those who mulch their beds? Iโ€™m just curious, first time mulching and havenโ€™t watered in a few weeks, ground holds moisture pretty well.

  50. LISA B. on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    You can’t control rain, and it’s rained at high noon here in scorching temps, and it rains heavily overnight. I don’t have leaf burn, or any fungus on any of my plants, and I have tons of plants. I let Mother Nature take over.

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