Gardening 101: Drought
The last thing you want is a drought, but it is quite common here in southern California along in the western United States. However, water can be reduced by 20 to 40 percent in landscaping, so your garden is not a goner. The thing is you have to slowly reduce the amount of water you give them over a few weeks, this will allow enough time for your trees, lawns, and plants to adjust.
Edible Garden Tips:
- Do not over plant in your yard
- Plant shorter season plants and crops and ones that do not take much water
- Know the vital watering times
- Always apply anywhere from 3 to 4 inches of mulch on your plants
- Start a compost pile, so you can sprinkle it on your plants
- Remove weeds as they sprout up
- Get a water efficient irrigation system
Just because a plant is drought-resistant does not mean you should put it into your garden during a drought. It technically is not drought resistant until it is well established with your watering cycle. The best time to add new plants to your garden is during the fall. The reason behind this is it will finally allow them to be on cycle with the winter rain, which then will allow a great water cycle when the drought comes a few months later.
- Do not over crowd your plant beds
- Add mulch to the plant beds
- Remove weeds when they sprout up
- Do not over prune
- Do not over fertilize
These are a few tips to help your plants last through a severe drought. Of course, it may be hard at first, but once they get use to their new watering schedule you will not have to worry about losing your precious garden or plants to having no water. Just remember, if you are adding new plants always add them in the fall. Do not add them in the summer or spring months, as they will not last.
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