How much are you watering?
Just curious as to how much everyone in the Chicago area is watering. I'm going out of town for 10 days and just got a watering timer that I've hooked up to a series of soaker hoses that end with a sprinkler in my main vegetable garden. The pressure is fairly low by the time it comes out of the sprinkler, but as luck would have it, its just the perfect pressure to cover the garden.
Right now I have it set to water for 10 minutes, then shut off for 10 minutes for an hour and a half just after sun up. I have a second watering around 7 that is 5 minutes on 10 minutes off for 45 minutes. Does this seem like to much or too little? The water pressure is low due to the extened system, so it's the equivalent of a faucet turned half way up.
I've never paid too much attention to how long I water manually, I just do it until the soil gets to the saturation I'd like it (I've also never gardened in a hot dry spell like this before either!)