For the last several years, much of the US has been experiencing drought conditions. With such little rainfall being seen in various areas throughout America, many cities and counties have had very strict watering policies. While this is good for conserving water, it isn’t necessarily the best thing for your garden. To help you make the most of your garden during drought conditions, here are three tips to make your garden flourish when the rains aren’t coming.
1. Get the Soil RIght
Having the right soil that has been taken care of correctly will make all the difference in how successful your garden will be in drought conditions. Once you’ve made the correct size of garden for your needs, the University of California recommends using an additional 3” to 4” of mulch to increase the water-holding capacity of your garden soil.
Better Homes and Gardens states that in addition to more mulch and soil increasing moisture for your plants, it will also keep the area cooler and protect plants from harsh direct sunlight that could scorch them.
2. Plant the Right Crops
By planting the right kinds of crops, not only will your garden be able to thrive, but you will also complement the overall landscape design of your property by implementing plants and foliage that are meant to be grown in your area. You will want to be on the lookout for plants that are drought resistant but that will also be consumed by your family; there’s no use in having a gorgeous garden if no one will eat what you’ve planted.
According to Treehugger.com, some of the best drought-resistant plants to grow in your garden are rhubarb, Swiss chard, legumes, peppers, asparagus, and spices like sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary.
When Watering, Use Drip Irrigation
Your garden will have to be watered, regardless of how drought-resistant the plants you’ve chosen to cultivate are. However, if you’ve created the right soil environment for your plants, Treehugger.com says that your garden can go anywhere between two and seven days before getting watered again. When the time comes that water is necessary, using a drip irrigation system can save you up to 50 percent of the water you would traditionally use in your garden. As you install your drip irrigation system, Pam Pierce of SFGate.com recommends pinning the drip lines to the ground so water can be distributed to your plants evenly.
Planting a thriving and successful garden is possible even when you aren’t getting rainfall and you’re suffering from drought conditions. However, you have to be dedicated to going the extra mile to conserve water while still attending to your plants the way they need. By implementing the three tips above, you should be able to see your drought garden grow into something you can be proud of.