10 Tips to Grow Vegetables in a Drought – Allotment Gardening

10 Tips to Grow Vegetables in a Drought

  1. Storing water for later.

    water-buttUtilise the roofs of sheds and greenhouses to collect rain water. Having a good number of containers doesn’t need to cost a whole lot of money.
    In most areas there are company’s who recycle industrial tanks and drums, and sell these at a fraction of the price of domestic water butts.

  2. Condition the soil.

    soil-conditionDig in as much organic matter of possible, this helps with soil fertility, and locks moisture in at a depth the plants can use.

  3. Sowing seeds in a drought.

    sowing-seedsTake out a seed drill as normal, run water along the bottom of the seed drill, sow the seeds and cover with dry soil, lightly firm down. The dry earth on top will act as a mulch and conserve the moisture.

  4. Transplanting in a drought.

    transplanting-plantsWater the plants thoroughly before hand. Puddle the plants in, by filling the planting hole with water, allow to drain, and then position the plant, back fill and firm in.

  5. Weeding.

    weedingWeeds are very adaptable and will rob the vegetable crop of a large amount of water. So it is vital to keep them under control if water is in short supply.

  6. Hoeing in a drought.

    hoeHoeing the soil around the vegetable crops not only removes weeds that compete for moisture, but will also produces a fine tilth around the plants that helps stop evaporation.

  7. Mulching the soil.

    mulchMulching protects the soil from the sun and wind, it also suppress weeds. Straw, well rotted garden compost and leaf mould are all excellent materials for mulching, and being organic they can be dug in at the end of the season to further help moisture retention in the soil.

  8. Watering.

    watering-canRemove the rose end from the watering can and direct the water to the base of each plant / along the row of seedlings, where it will be the most beneficial.

  9. When to water in a drought.

    watering-cansIn hot dry conditions do any necessary watering in the evening. This will reduce evaporation and allow the plants roots to absorb the the moisture more readily.

  10. Selective watering.

    watering-tubeFor really thirsty crops, such as cucumbers or marrows/courgettes, water into a pipe or flowerpot that is sunk into the ground next to the plants roots. The water gets down where its needed.

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