How to Help Vegetables Survive a Dry Summer Season

A dry or drought season can make it very hard to grow vegetables. There are a few things you can do to try to improve the chances of the vegetable garden, even when there are water restrictions in place. Here are some suggestions.

Steps

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    Prefer vegetables that are hardier under dry conditions. If it's possible, look for vegetables that can tolerate having dry feet a little longer than other vegetables. Some examples include sweetcorn and potatoes.
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    Ensure that there is ample compost added to the soil. A richer soil will help the vegetables to cope better. The compost also improves the water-holding capacity of the soil.
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    Use plenty of mulch. Mulch helps to retain moisture and if spread right around the vegetable garden and kept up regularly, can help keep what little moisture there is intact. Use organic materials from your garden as mulch.
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    Use a soaker hose or a drip tape for watering. A drip tape is flat hose with regular hose in it, which is available from your garden center. Run these slow watering devices along the vegetable garden to enable the most efficient, gradual watering.
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    Water the vegetable garden in the early morning. Water deeply.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Soaker hose or drip tape

Article Info

Categories: Growing Vegetables