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Do you have any tips for gardening in drought?

Here are 10 tips for gardening success in drought conditions:

  1. Mulching: Add a thick layer of organic mulch around plants to conserve soil moisture. Mulch helps to reduce evaporation and keeps soil cool. Apply the mulch when the soil is moist.
  2. Watering: Water deeply  and less frequently to encourage deep root growth. Shallow watering can lead to shallow roots, making plants more susceptible to drought stress. Observe all water-use restrictions.
  3. Water Timing: Water early in the morning when the weather is cooler. This allow the plants to absorb moisture more effectively. 
  4. Improve soil: Add several inches of organic matter such as compost. Compost will help the soil retain moisture better while providing a healthier environment for plant roots.
  5.  Drip Irrigation: Use a drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the base of plants. This minimizes water wasted through evaporation and ensures efficient water use.
  6.  Weed regularly: Weeds compete with vegetable crops for every drop of water and they are often stronger with deeper roots. They usually win the competition. Remove all weeds as soon as they sprout.
  7.  Harvest young: Pick your vegetables when they are at their prime don't let them overripen. Picking regularly reduces the moisture requirements of the plants and continue production.
  8. Collect Rainwater: Set up rain barrels to collect and store water.
  9.  Use shade to advantage: Moisture evaporates more slowly in the shaded soil that in the sun. Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, Swiss Chard as well as many herbs will thrive in with some shade in the afternoon.
  10.  Regular monitoring: Keep a close eye on the condition of your plants and soil. Adjust your watering schedule based on the specific needs of your garden during different stages of growth and changing weather conditions. 

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