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Drought Tips - Vegetable Gardening

Tip description
Use a thick mulch to keep soil cool and conserve moisture
Vegetables are not drought tolerant, but you can still make water-wise decisions when you grow them.
  • Plant only as much as you can use. Produce that isn’t harvested wastes water.
  • Plant in groups or triangular patterns rather than straight rows. This lets you water more efficiently, and the plants form a leafy canopy that shades the soil.
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch to decrease moisture loss and reduce competition from weeds.

For more information: Ten Tips for Vegetable Gardening during a Drought

Months applicable
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • 1. To-do

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