Growing Vegetables in a Drought

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If you live in California, you know we are in the middle of a drought and conserving water is of the utmost importance. But don’t think you cannot have a successful vegetable garden in a drought. There are some tips I found in the Home and Garden Section of the Mercury News that I wanted to share.

Using and mixing a large amount of compost in the soil is very important. If the plants can get a lot of nutrients from the soil, it requires less water to live and thrive.

Plant only what you like. If you aren’t a big tomato fan, plant something that better suits you. If you love peppers, plant as many plants that will be needed to support what you eat. If you focus on what you use, you will have less waste and less water waste.

To keep the moisture in the soil, use 3 to 5 inches of mulch on top. This also helps prevent weeds. You can use many different items as mulch. Also make sure to weed your gardens regularly as the weeds compete with your plants for water.

Use a drip irrigation system and plant plants that have a short season so they use water for less time. Also planting your plants in a zig-zag rather than in a row conserves water and shades the soil.

If considering planting a vegetable garden, visit Mercury News for more tips on how to get started and what to work towards. When you are ready to buy or sell a home, we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! If you are unsure what your options are, call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.

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