Saving water is essential to climate-friendly garden watering – whether there is a drought or not. You can conserve water and keep growing in your garden if you use the following tips for watering your garden in a climate-friendly way.
Start with the Right Soil
Pretty much all gardening successes start with using suitable soil. You must build up your soil by testing it and adding the necessary nutrients. You’ll want to use a lot of rich compost that you can make yourself.
You also need to add mulch and cover your garden between growing seasons to help reduce evaporation and keep down weeds that compete for water in your garden. Spend the time necessary to improve your soil before you even start planting.
Plant Strategically to Fight the Heat
You can plant your garden in such a way that you can create microclimates. For example, planting the right plants can create shade for the soil and reduce water evaporation. Put plants together that need similar amounts of water and produce abundantly, avoiding water hogs like broccoli and cauliflower.
In addition, if you have a sweltering and sunny area, you can plant trees and shrubs strategically to provide shade and wind blockage, reducing the need for watering.
Use Planting Methods from Native Americans
Native Americans plant different plants based on their water needs and the nutrients put into their system. For example, planting legumes helps boost soil nitrogen levels, and corn supports the legumes as they grow. Then you can also plant squash because the bristles on them protect the corn from earworms and act as a shade for the soil.
Water When Plants Need Water
Time planting when it’s not hot and sunny so your plants can establish a root system before the hot and sunny time. When the roots are deeper into the soil, they’re more robust and can fight against drought easier. Plus, it helps to know what stage your plants are in because their water requirements depend on the time.
Many gardeners overwater a lot of their crops due to not understanding this. Many vegetables only need to be watered while they are flowering or coming to fruition.
Choose Drought-Tolerant Vegetables and Plants
Certain plants use less water than others and will grow better with less water. Look at swiss chard, asparagus, artichoke, chickpeas, lima beans, specific varieties of squash, cantaloupe, peppers, cucumber, sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, rosemary, pineapple tomatoes, and some chilies.
Install a Deep Root Drip Irrigation System
One of the best ways to conserve water is to use a deep root drip irrigation system in your garden. It will encourage roots to develop deep into the soil instead of higher up, which can happen from watering from above. Use the irrigation system to measure and give the plants only the water required to compensate for the lack of rain.
Watering your garden the climate-friendly way is a win-win for the gardener and the environment because by setting up your garden correctly from the beginning, you cut down on the amount of work you need to do, making gardening much more pleasurable and bountiful.