Don’t Let Summer Droughts Stop You from Gardening


| 4/23/2014 11:29:00 AM


Tags: gardening, water conservation, drought,

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No matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and economic sense.  And it’s really easier than you think.

Here are just a few of the easy and affordable ways to conserve water while growing a beautiful garden.

Grow plants suited to your climate, and this includes the average rainfall for your area. Select drought tolerant plants, that once established, require less on-going care. Consider native plants like coneflower, yucca and penstemon as well as native and non-invasive ornamental grasses.

Be sure to group moisture-loving plants together and near a source of water.  You’ll save time and water by concentrating your efforts on fewer plants. Move containers to the shade or provide additional shade during hot dry weather to reduce the plant’s water needs.

Use organic nitrogen fertilizers like Milorganite. This slow release fertilizer encourages slow steady growth that requires less water. Plus, it will not burn plants during hot dry weather. It simply stays in the soil until the growing conditions, moisture and temperature are right for the plants.




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