How-to Prevent Splits in Vegetables

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We may get a lot of rain one day and then no rain for two or three days. With a vegetable garden it’s very important to make sure the plants have consistent water in order to develop the fruit without cracks and splits. Tomatoes, squash and melons are really bad for splitting if the soil gets dry and then they receive a lot of water. However, if the soil remains consistently moist there is less likelihood of fruits splitting when we receive a heavy rain storm.

Vegetables in containers will likely need to be watered more frequently and may even need to be watered after a rain event if there isn’t enough to wet the soil all the way through the container. Potting mixes, even those used for container vegetables, have more pour spaces and will not hold as much water as the soil in an in-ground garden.

Be cautious not to overwater the vegetables. Overwatering has more to do with how wet the soil or potting mix is and not as much to do with the frequency of watering. In other words, don’t keep the soil saturated or soaking wet. A good way to test how wet the soil is, is to stick your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If it is dry that deep into the soil, then water is needed.