Food Gardening with Less Water
Sonoma County has a Mediterranean climate with a hot, dry summer. And, while we may have an occasional fall/winter downpour—or, even, a rare El Niño winter, scientists predict that an overall drought condition will persist throughout California for many years. You may be wondering if you can have a food garden with limited available water. The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) of the UCCE Sonoma Master Gardeners believe that the answer is, “Yes!” All you need to do is to scale planting to your family’s likes and needs, and to apply water-wise strategies to your vegetable garden. These strategies are demonstrated by the FGS in the video below.
Left: Master Gardeners Susan Shaw and Kathy Matonak construct teepees for vertical gardening.
Video: Growing a Thriving Vegetable Garden with Less Water (time 7:16)
To complement the video are a schematic of the planting plan for the 4x8-foot bed and a drip irrigation instruction and shopping list for the system recommended in the video:
For more detailed information about food gardening with less water, see the following publications from the FGS:
- Food Gardening with Less Water
- A More In-Depth Look at Food Gardening with Less Water
- Drought-Resistant Crops and Varieties
- How Much Water Does My Food Garden Need?
- Worksheet for “How Much Water Does My Food Garden Need?”
- Drip Irrigation in the Food Garden