In our current drought situation, you can still enjoy your garden and conserve water by paying careful attention to good soil stewardship practices:
|Lettuce with drip tape at the root zone.|
USE COMPOST. During the growing season, add an inch or two of compost every time you plant a new crop in your garden beds because in addition to providing nourishment and texture to the soil, the compost also increases water holding capacity.
MULCH HEAVILY. Mulch prevents moisture from evaporating, keeps irrigation water from running off, and enables your plants to use water more slowly and effectively.
|Strawberry plants with drip tubing at |
the root zone, and straw mulch on the bed
|To conserve moisture, put straw mulch around |
lettuce plants, completely covering the drip tape
|Irrigation line with 2 gallon per hour drip emitters |
at the root zone to water grape vine
USE WATER SLOWLY: Deliver only the amount of water the plants need to thrive, but don’t use more than necessary. DRIP IRRIGATION supplies are easy to install and economical, and using drip will reduce your water use very significantly.
|A ring of drip tubing |
in container vegetables
CONSERVE WATER for outside use: Put a bucket in the shower/sink to save the water while you’re waiting for it to heat up, then use it outside. Put a bucket near every hose bib, so when you start/close a hose, you can save excess water when you start or stop watering.
|Cover crop mix in bed|