There is no doubt that a drought puts a lot of strain on your garden. But does that mean that you shouldn’t be gardening in a drought at all? Of course not. However, it does mean that you will need to adopt a smarter gardening approach.
Gardening in a Drought
If you are reading this, you are taking action! Kudos to you. In this post, we will explain exactly how to do this.
Choose Hardy Plants
There are some plants that need careful coaxing and a lot of TLC to get them even to survive. There is no room for shrinking violets in your garden when a drought is on. Choose plants that are pretty good at taking care of themselves.
Look for plants that can stand up to the heat and that are water-wise. More often than not, sticking to plants indigenous to your own area is always going to be the smart move during a drought. Remember that you won’t be able to run your sprinkler as often as usual.
Consider Container Gardening
The downside of a container garden is that it will need to be watered more often. The upside is that you move the container until you find the perfect spot. Check containers at least once a day or every other day to see if they need watering.
Drought conditions normally mean that strict water restrictions come into play. Which means that you have to manually water. This is actually not a bad thing because it allows you to water smarter. What do we mean by this?
Have you ever noticed what happens when you dump out the contents of a watering can on soil? It does get a little wet, but moist of the moisture runs off and ends up where you don’t want it to be. You can avoid this problem very simply by watering small amounts at a time.
So, instead of dumping out the full amount of water at once, dampen the soil a little, and then move on to another patch. Then go back to the first patch and repeat. It will take a little longer, but you will get better—targeted water flow.
You’ll still give them a deep soaking, but one that takes place over a few minutes. If you want extra help to ensure that the water reaches the roots, why not take some PVC piping, drill some holes in it And then carefully dig it into the ground (Try not to disturb the plant roots).
Leave about an inch or two above ground and do get a cap for it. That way, when you water, you take off the cap and fill up the pipe. The water will seep through the holes to where it is needed the most.
Water in the Morning
If you water at midday, most of the water will evaporate before it gets to do any good. Watering outside the warmest hours of the day makes sense. Why the morning and not the evening? Your plants are more susceptible to mildew if they are not completely dry before the sun goes down.
Those leaves that are dropping because there is no water make excellent mulch. So, does the lawn you have just mowed. Just let the grass and leaves dry out a bit before using them as a mulch. What is mulch?
This could be leaves, grass, chips of bark, hay, and even stones. The idea is that the mulch is piled around the plants in the garden. This is useful for a few reasons. First of all, it helps prevent the moisture in the soil from being baked out by the sun.
The soil stays moister for longer, and so you don’t have to water as much.
It also helps to keep the soil temperature cooler, and this can be a boon to thirsty plants.
Finally, as the mulch breaks down, it releases its nutrients into the ground.
Wrapping Things Up
By being smart, you can help your garden to weather a drought. All that you need is to ensure that you think more carefully about what you plant and look for ways to conserve water.