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.

4 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!

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