A dried-out garden is an unproductive garden. Most gardens are happier when watered regularly and in the early morning. But who’s got time for that when there are so many other chores to do? This is where timers and other automatic devices can come in handy, when attached to soaker hoses or drip lines for plant watering. For off-grid set ups, you can even use a gravity-fed water supply and battery-powered timers. These can be programmed to start and stop as specific times, daily or on multi-day schedules. The morning is best, since the water droplets on leaves at midday can act like magnifying lenses, actually burning the leaves. The AM wake-up shower is also better as a disease prevention strategy. Evening waterings can promote fungal diseases in the plants that are susceptible to these ailments. And to conserve water, set up your self-watering garden with soaker hoses or drip lines. This wastes less water than sprinkler systems, and it delivers the water right where it’s needed—at the roots.