Gardening in a Drought
My family and I are trying to adapt to the incredibly dry conditions. We even considered not planting a fall garden, but while coming up with all the pros and cons, I convinced myself to go for it anyway. We finally finished planting everything Tuesday.
I usually plant in raised rows. They are easy to see. Walkways are naturally created and my little boys can tell where there little feet can go and where they cannot step. Since we usually get a good amount of rainfall throughout the year, the raised rows allow for good drainage. Your seeds/plants don’t drown.
This fall I decided plant in straight lines in the tilled up soil of the garden. I built one row for carrots in order to give them more room to grow long. I made small mounds for my squashes. For all my other vegetables, I simply dug a small trench with the handle of a hoe into the ground. Consequently, the garden took less time to plant. I have staked out each row at both ends to give me an idea where I planted. When the seeds begin sprouting, it will be easy to see where I planted, but now it all looks the same.
I have instructed my children to stay out of the garden area until the plants come up. Then hopefully they will be able to tell where to step. For my littlest one, that is even doubtful until the plants mature into a good size.
We are watering like crazy in the evenings because 25% of your water is evaporated during the daytime. We have a timer on one of our sprinklers so that we can go to sleep and not worry about remembering to turn off the water. So far, it is working out well.
I planted All-Seasons cabbage, Early Snap Peas, Black Beauty Eggplant, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Butternut Squash, Bibb lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, Spinach, Carrots, and Kohlrabi. Hopefully, all of the vegetables will produce well for our large family’s needs.
If you have any other ideas about gardening in an exceptional drought, please let me know. We are willing and ready to adapt our tried and true methods.