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Tips for Growing Vegetables During a Drought

How to Help Veggies Thrive in a Dry Spell:
  • Early morning is the best time to water. If you must water during the heat of the day, water only the base of the plant.
  • Water once a week consistently to keep produce flowering, tomatoes from cracking, and leafy plants from bolting.
  • Check how much water your garden is getting by using a rain gauge. Or, stick your finger an inch into the soil. Water if dry.
  • Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems are efficient for vegetable gardens. Talk to a Garden Center associate to find the best solution for your garden.
  • Don’t use sprinklers during the hottest part of the day because most of the water will evaporate before it reaches the ground.
  • Weeds compete for water, so keep them out.
  • Don’t fertilize during a heat wave. Thirsty plants soak up fertilizer faster, which could burn them.
  • Spread a thick blanket of mulch so you don’t have to water as much.