Saturday, June 12, 2010
Drought Tolerant Vegetable Garden
1. add berms to the garden, to catch and hold rainwater run-off.
2. study the topography of your garden so that you can lay out beds in a more or less perpendicular manner to run-off patterns.
3. amend soil with lots of rich organic matter. I used home made compost and purchased composted turkey manure.
4. space plants widely, more widely than seems sensible, so that they can really stretch out their toes and have access to lots of water and nutrients.
5. mulch heavily. I meant to mulch, and I really should have, but I haven't had a chance. Poor plants are probably struggling more than they have to as a result.
6. Take advantage of natural clay soils, if you have them. Our garden has a large patch of heavy clay gumbo soil, and this is where I have my drought tolerant veggies. Everyone says you can't grow veggies in gumbo soil, but I've found that if I amend with organic matter, it works beautifully.