I got this great tip when I visited a garden on the East Side Garden Walk on July 20.
Garden walk season isn’t over yet. There’s the Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens this weekend and the Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk coming up on Aug. 10.
Make sure you water the roots
The vegetable garden at 261 Maple St. is huge and it takes two days to water, said David Lewis. Lewis maintains the garden for his relative, Cecil Collins. Collins is a legend on the East Side who started the garden 25 years ago and shares what he grows with his neighbors.
Lewis uses a lawn sprinkler to water the garden. He sets the sprinkler in one area and lets it run for about 45 minutes before moving it to another spot.
If you move along too quickly, you’re wetting the top of the soil, but “you’ve got no moisture going down to the root of the plant,” Lewis said. “Let it saturate there, then move it down.”
Upcoming garden walks
The Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The event will also include include a guided bus tour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for $10; reservations are required. A garden market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A Starry Nights tour will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3.
The last garden walk for the season will be the Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.