Gardening in a Drought
Growing Food in a Drought Year
- How much available water will I have for a food garden?
- How much food do I need to grow and can I grow it with available water?
- What supplemental water is available and how safe is it for edibles?
- What strategies can be employed to produce edibles with less water?
We need to educate ourselves about the water needs of various crops and stages of plant growth that require irrigation. In this regard, we should explore crops and varieties that may be new to us, but are drought-tolerant.
The Food Gardening Specialists (FGS) group is offering an action plan for food gardeners as well as suggestions for drought-tolerant plants: Food Gardening with Less Water
Sonoma County Master Gardeners have produced several documents that address gardening under drought conditions in detail.
Drought Management Guidelines is the master document and addresses all aspects of gardening with lower water.
Getting by with Less Water
Water-wise Garden Design and Plant Selection
Remember that many landscape plants establish themselves faster when planted in native soils with little or no amendments. This is especially true for California natives. Plant in the fall whenever possible to allow young plants to establish themselves with the help of winter rains. But for the moment, in the worst of the drought, consider not planting anything new at all.