How to keep your garden alive during drought

The last time I posted an urban garden update, it was before Houston hit its hottest time of year–that is, the month of August. This year’s summer has had record-breaking heat, record-breaking lack of rain. For every single day in August (and I’m not even exaggerating), we had highs above 100, and I can only recall one morning when it sprinkled. You can imagine how desert-like our city has become.

The drought and extreme heat have not left our garden very viable. In fact, the only thing that seems to be thriving is our Thai basil which, I guess, thinks it’s back at home with this climate. Most everything else has withered like a great-grandma’s toes. I recently wrote a piece for Eating Our Words about what we can do to drought-proof our urban gardens (or at least make it drought-resistant). Got any tips on how to protect your crops from this crazy weather? Help us turn our brown thumbs green, and share the knowledge. Click on the link below to read my Houston Press post.

9 Responses to How to keep your garden alive during drought
  1. denver sprinklers Reply

    Actually, the only factor that seems to be successful is our Chinese tulsi which, I think, believes it’s back again at home with this environment.

  2. Maddie Jane Reply

    putting them in enough shade would preserve a lot of humidity which would allow them to thrive

  3. Bec Reply

    Great article, especially important for hot cities such as ours!

  4. Matt from GardenCS Reply

    I've been hiding under my parasol here in the UK it has been that hot!

  5. Contoh Surat Keterangn Pengalaman Kerja Reply

    excellent information

  6. Sam Reply

    When we had our drought and many days above 100, which was very unusual, I just made sure the garden was watered every morning, and I mean really watered. In the evening if some of the plants were wilting I would water just the base of the plants so no water got onto the leaves. Watering at night can cause some types of fungus on the garden plants.

  7. كشف تسربات المياه Reply

    Great article, especially important for hot cities such as ours

  8. CSRHQ Reply

    Interesting how you mentioned mulch! A couple of years ago my neighbors were complaining about their dying plants because of the change in weather (The temperature almost reached a record high that year). My plants were unaffected though.
    I wasn't sure why, but now I realize it was the mulch I used from the dead tree limbs I had in the backyard. They retained a lot of the moisture and slowed down the process of evaporation :)

    Companion planting is new to me though, I'll have to try it out myself.

    • Christine Ha Reply

      Would be interested in learning of your gardening experience.

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