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Old 06-24-2018, 03:46 PM
 
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I cannot believe that no one can answer Gentlearts simple question of whether 4/10ths of an inch of rain is an adequate watering event for her garden. I suspect that such an amount, nearly half an inch, if received daily or perhaps every other day, would be fine to sustain most established plants. But I'm not an expert, and I'm sorry the silly answers included one person who thought the metric system was the issue, another who tried to explain what fractions mean, and someone who assumed she intended to use her rain gauge as a watering can. Or maybe they were joking??
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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Except Dusty, who gave a helpful answer.
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Old 06-24-2018, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I cannot believe that no one can answer Gentlearts simple question of whether 4/10ths of an inch of rain is an adequate watering event for her garden. I suspect that such an amount, nearly half an inch, if received daily or perhaps every other day, would be fine to sustain most established plants. But I'm not an expert, and I'm sorry the silly answers included one person who thought the metric system was the issue, another who tried to explain what fractions mean, and someone who assumed she intended to use her rain gauge as a watering can. Or maybe they were joking??

There are many variables to consider. The type of soil, drainage, daily temperature and humidity, as well as the needs of the plants. As has been posted before it is best to dig down and see how wet or dry your soil is. There might not be a true answer for the OP unless they had similar conditions everyday. It is probably just a matter that they want some moisture; but not too much!
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:38 PM
 
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If it rained 4/10s of an inch, and has been cloudy for a day or two along with being cool,that is enough for about 2 days.. If it heats up or has been hot and sunny you may need 4/10s almost every day untill it cools down or gets cloudy again and then start all over again. In new Hampshire we get 42 to 48 inches a year or almost One inch[ 10/10s] a week.
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:15 AM
 
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Any amount of rainfall greater than 1/4 inch is sufficient so that additional water is not necessary at this time.

Absolutely untrue.

For example if you're growing prickly pears at a middle latitude in clay soil, you won't need to water until the year 2020 (assuming of course it doesn't rain again this year). If you're growing watermelon in sand near the equator, you probably need to water every couple of hours.
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